MSU College of Law

Washington, DC, Semester Program

Michigan State Law offers an outstanding opportunity for students to experience life in our nation’s capital while gaining on-the-job training at a federal agency and earning academic credit as an extern. This resume-building experience is an excellent tool for helping MSU Law students achieve their career goals.

Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Externship Experience

Students who receive placements work a minimum of 24 hours per week with a federal agency and earn six academic credits for the externship. Meetings and events are held throughout the semester for program participants. The program presently is offered during the spring semester. Students have performed externship services at a host of federal agencies, including:

Coursework Options

In addition to the six externship credits, students may elect to enroll in several courses taught by adjunct faculty members. In the past, MSU Law has offered Federal Jurisdiction, Antitrust Law, and Energy Law and Policy, among others. Students also may enroll in courses offered at American University Washington College of Law or Catholic University Columbus School of Law; tuition for those courses is paid directly to the host school.

The Application Process

Second- and third-year law students who are in good academic standing and who wish to pursue a legal career in the federal government system should apply for the Washington, DC, Semester Program. An information session is offered early in the fall for interested students, and the application process begins in mid-fall.

The Michigan State Law Career Services Office (CSO) administers the program. Students are pre-screened in order to provide agencies with applicants who have the appropriate background and interests. Although final placement decisions rest with the agencies and placement is not guaranteed, MSU Law representatives work closely with both students and agencies to ensure the best possible matches. During the placement process, students receive counseling on resume construction, interview techniques, and on-the-job protocol.

Contact the Career Services Office for more information.