How to Apply to Externships

Scheduling an appointment with the Externship Program Office: All students are required to meet with an Externship Program Faculty Member prior to doing an externship. Externship Program Faculty advises students on how to utilize experiential learning credits, where to apply, and important program requirements. Appointments can be made on TWEN.

Externship Process: You can obtain an externship two ways: (1) The Externship Program Office can help you apply and obtain a position at an approved placement (2) If you receive an offer outside of the normal externship application process, you can communicate with the Externship Program Office to find out if the placement is approvable for externship credit.

(1) How to Apply to Externships through the Externship Program Office:

  1. Review information on the Externship Program website and browse through the Externship Site Database to give yourself an idea of what opportunities are available. 
  2. Schedule an appointment on TWEN if you have not met with the Externship Program Faculty members before.
  3. Fill out the Externship Application Form and submit it to externships@seattleu.edu
  4. Once you are ready to begin gathering your application materials, make sure to review the "materials" portion of the site profile on the Externship Site Database. 
  5. Visit CPD to have your resume and cover letter reviewed. Make sure to incorporate CPD's feedback in your materials before submitting them to the Externship Program Office.
  6. Email your application materials to the Externship Program Office at externships@seattleu.edu. The Externship Program Faculty members will do a final proofread before submitting your applications to the externship placements.

IMPORTANT: To secure a place in a given seminar you must submit the Externship Application Form and begin the process of applying to at least THREE sites within that area/seminar before the class fills. You can indicate which site is your first choice; we will send that one first only if there is plenty of time before the next semester, if not we will send out all three together. For each semester, you should begin by submitting applications for sites that fall within ONE area/seminar. Students externing at sites are assigned to a seminar based on the following categories:

Fall, Summer and Spring

      • Legal Services Organizations and other Non-profits (Civil Seminar); 
      • Government Agencies and In-house Counsel's Offices (In-House/Government Seminar);
      • Courts and Administrative Tribunals (Judicial Seminar); 
      • International Organizations and Tribunals (International Seminar).

Spring Only

      • Legislative and Lobbying Organizations (Legislative Seminar)
      • Olympia Courts and Administrative Tribunals (Olympia Judicial Seminar)

(2) If You Received an Offer Outside of the Normal Externship Application Process:

  1. Review information on the Externship Program website.
  2. Schedule an appointment on TWEN if you have not met with the Externship Program Faculty members before.
  3. Fill out the Externship Application Form and submit it to externships@seattleu.edu. In the email, please indicate where you are hoping to extern. The Externship Program Office will find out if the site can be approved for academic credit.

NOTE: Like any other law school course, students cannot take the same externship seminar twice. For example, if you previously have done an externship at a criminal placement, you cannot earn credit again at another criminal placement but may apply to externships that fall into other seminar categories.