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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 8-9 times during the semester and discusses topics such as professionalism, supervision, and ethics.  Please check the upcoming class schedule for the date and time of the seminar.  If you cannot attend the seminar, contact Amy Sankaran to explore alternative arrangements.

Students earn 3, 4, 5, or 6 credits for an approved externship program in a regular academic term depending on the number of hours worked at the placement. All students receive 1 credit for the mandatory seminar. 

  • Section 1 = 8 hours of work per week (2 credits plus 1 for the seminar)
  • Section 2 = 12 hours of work per week (3 credits plus 1 for the seminar)
  • Section 3 = 16 hours of work per week (4 credits plus 1 for the seminar)
  • Section 4 = 20 hours of work per week (5 credits plus 1 for the seminar)

While typically, we only allow in-person work placements, all remote placements are allowed at this time.

A student may not take LAW 990/991, Part-time Externship, and be enrolled in a seven-credit clinic during the same semester.

registration deadlines & enrollment process
Students do not bid for LAW 990/991, Part-time Externship, using the CBI system. Instead, a student seeking to enroll in the class must submit:

  1. An application​
  2. A current resume sent to with the student's name and Part-Time Externship Application in the subject line.
  3. A Supervising Attorney Agreement​ signed by the Site Supervisor. 

Students do not have to have a placement secured to apply; they may apply by listing proposed placements in the application and submit the Memorandum of Understanding (#3 above) once the placement is finalized.

Priority will be given to students who apply by May 1 for a fall semester part-time externship and December 1 for a winter semester part-time externship.  If there are spots available after those dates, they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.