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Information for Host Organizations

The Program

Externships offer an exciting opportunity to augment classroom study with real-world work experience. Michigan's externship program is designed to provide individual students with advanced training and research opportunities in areas of particular interest to them that go beyond what is traditionally offered in a classroom setting.

Most programs will be undertaken in connection with government agencies or with charitable, educational, or other nonprofit organizations operated for the public benefit.

Educational Commitment

There must be a commitment to participate with the student in analyzing and discussing the intellectual lessons to be drawn from the student's experience. The attorneys who supervise the student must assume responsibility for continuous evaluation of the student's work, with particular attention paid to ways in which it can be improved. The host organization must also agree not to use student externs primarily for undesirable make-work tasks, such as cite-checking or perfunctory research projects.

Mid-Semester Meeting Between Host Organization, Student, and Faculty Supervisor

A faculty member visits each site in person or via electronic means at least once during the semester. Prior to the meeting, the student prepares a memorandum to prepare all the parties. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss: 

  • The student's progress toward his or her goals
  • The quality of the student's work and performance thus far
  • Whether the student has received supervision and specific feedback to help improve his or her performance, and
  • The student and site's plans for the second half of the semester, including the type of work, skills and proceedings the student will focus on.
Host organizations should expect the meeting to occur at about the midway point of the semester.


The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit the formal written evaluation below at the conclusion of the externship. This evaluation should detail the work the extern has done and the supervisor’s evaluation of the student's performance during the time period covered.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure these evaluations are submitted.

Review Date *:
Select a date from the calendar.
Extern's Name *:
Placement *:
Supervisor *:
Supervisory Consultation *:
Research and Analytical Skills *:
Research and Analytical Skills Comments or Examples:
Writing Skills *:
Writing Skills Comments or Examples:
Legal Knowledge *:
Legal Knowledge Comments or Examples:
Oral Skills *:
Oral Skills Comments or Examples:
Ethical Concerns *:
Ethical Concerns Comments or Examples:
Professionalism *:
Professionalism Comments or Examples:
Attitude and Work Habits *:
Attitude and Work Habits Comments or Examples:
Additional Comments:
Overall Evaluation *:
Student Discussion *:
Electronic Signature *: