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Externships for Academic Credit

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. Michigan Law has special externships based in Geneva, Switzerland, South Africa, and India that expand and enrich the Law School's extensive curriculum in international and foreign law, and make it possible for students to engage in legal work with agencies grappling with the most challenging international problems and legal issues of the day. For detailed information on all of the externships offered by Michigan Law, visit our externships page. The deadline for the following established externship programs is the Monday of winter break (Monday, March 2, 2020) for externships beginning the following January. 

Geneva Externship Program


The United Nations Building in Geneva

Michigan Law offers students the opportunity to participate in a semester-long externship in Geneva during the winter term each year with leading intergovernmental and nongovernmental (NGO) institutions. Students are immersed in the work of these international institutions and closely supervised by their legal staffs. They have an opportunity to explore how international legal regimes intersect with such diverse fields as trade, human rights, intellectual property, environment, telecommunications and health. Externs participate in a contemporaneous seminar intended to provide them substantive context for their externships by focusing on the roles and practices of international organizations and NGOs and the place of law in their work. The Geneva externship is managed by Amy Sankaran, director of externships and pro bono programs. The faculty supervisor for the students and the Geneva-based program coordinator is Anna Nicol, adjunct clinical assistant professor of law.



Theary Seng, '00, talks about the South Africa externship

Students participating in the Law School's semester-long South Africa Externship Program, which marked its 15th anniversary in 2010, have been placed in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, in law clinics headquartered at various law schools in South Africa, and in human rights organizations. The South Africa externship takes place during the winter academic term and is managed by the Office of Student Life.


Beginning in Winter 2015, Michigan Law piloted a semester-long externship opportunity with Alternative Law Forum (ALF) in Bangalore, India. Integrating alternative lawyering with critical research, alternative dispute resolution, pedagogic interventions, and more generally maintaining sustained legal interventions in various social issues, ALF engages with cutting-edge issues in intellectual property, gender and sexuality law, media and culture, labor, environmental, and land rights law, as well as the constitution in general. Second- and third- year law students will work side-by-side with top-notch Indian lawyers on pressing legal matters and policy issues.​ The India Externship Program is managed by Amy Sankaran​, director of externships and pro bono programs.

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