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Part-time Externship Information and Application Process


Part-time externships offer students the opportunity to integrate practical experience in a legal setting outside the Law School with a Law School classroom experience. Students spend at least eight hours per week working under the supervision of an attorney at a local nonprofit, government agency, or court. Students may not receive any compensation for their work.

Students arrange their own placements, though interested students who need guidance about how to pursue a placement are welcome to make an appointment with the course professor, Amy Sankaran, by scheduling online.

Past placements have included the ACLU of Michigan, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office, the Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review.

There is also a classroom component to the part-time externship program. The class meets biweekly and discusses topics such as professionalism, supervision, and ethics.

Students earn 3 credits for an approved externship program in a regular academic term. A student may not take LAW 990, Part-time Externship, and be enrolled in a 7 credit clinic during the same semester.

registration deadlines & enrollment process
Students do not bid for LAW 990, Part-time Externship, using the CBI system. Instead, a student seeking to enroll in the class must submit a statement of interest and their resume to Professor Sankaran by May 1 for a fall semester part-time externship, and by December 1 for a winter semester part-time externship. The statement of interest must include: 
  • Name of placement, or proposed placement.
  • How the placement furthers the academic and professional goals of the student.
  • A description of the work the student will be doing.
  • If the placement has been secured, the name, phone number, and e-mail address of the supervisor or other appropriate contact, and the student's intended work schedule.
  • If the placement has not been secured at the time of application, what steps the student will take to secure the placement.

Permission to enroll in this class is granted exclusively by Professor Sankaran during the weeks prior to the semester in which the externship will take place. Students must have their placements finalized no later than one week prior to the first day of the semester.

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