Program Overview

Seattle University School of Law recognizes that experiential learning is an important component of a law student’s legal training. Experiential learning at the law school takes two primary forms: either the traditional clinic or the externship program, which places students with judges or practitioners.

A traditional clinic can offer a student the opportunity to represent a client in a live case, and a well-supervised externship program can help a student learn to manage a heavier case-load or to complete a variety of attorney work products in judicial chambers or practice settings. The externship experience helps the student move from law school to practice more easily. Both the faculty supervisor and the site supervisor guide the extern in reflecting on experiences in practice. This reflection enhances the practice experience by providing context for an extern’s reactions to situations and observations.

The externship program’s goal is to provide externs with a rewarding, well-supervised experience in judicial chambers or a practice setting that will ease their transition into practicing law, will instill professionalism, and will increase awareness of social justice concepts.

The externship program operates within the Law School’s mission, which focuses on social justice, especially access to justice, concepts.

At Seattle University School of Law our Learning in Context curriculum includes: Simulation courses, student representation of actual clients through the Law Clinic, and Externships. Externships refer to law-related placements outside of the law school, where students do legal work for an agency or court and earn academic credit. Externships are offered as an educational opportunity in which the student is closely mentored by an on-site supervising attorney or judge and also has an opportunity for reflection and discussion with a faculty supervisor in a seminar format.

There are two categories of Externship: Part Time and Full Time. Students are able to participate in any combination of full-time and part-time externships as long as the total credits does not exceed the 15 credit maximum for experiential learning. All externships include a required seminar that is included in your total credits. See details below for the specific eligibility criteria for each.