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Admissions Process

Student Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility requirements are that the student be in good standing at an ABA-approved law school and have completed one full year of legal study. Selection criteria will vary in some respects from placement to placement. In general, academic standing, legal research and writing skills, course concentration or emphasis, law school activities, prior law and non-law related work experience, qualities that demonstrate student interest in Canada, motivation and diversity are all factors that will be considered in evaluating students for selection.

Since we place a maximum of 20 students in responsible positions in government offices, we select only those students with the highest credentials and whose application materials indicate that they have the maturity and responsibility to work successfully in the placements. The students in the program come from law schools throughout the United States. Typically, at least one-third of the students in the program are from other law schools. Students will be required to undergo security screenings for most placements.

Selection Process

Applicants will be screened initially by the Program Director. Résumés and writing samples of potential students will be sent to placement sponsors and students will subsequently be selected by the sponsor in cooperation with the Program Director in accordance with the selection criteria. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program within a week or so of the deadline.

Application and Deadline

To apply, send a completed application form (PDF), a letter of good standing from your law school, a résumé, and a short writing sample with the $100 non-refundable program fee to:

Canadian Summer Externship Program
Michigan State University College of Law
648 N. Shaw Lane, Rm 465
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1300

The application deadline is March 10, 2014.


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