MSU College of Law

Real-World Experience

Michigan State Law bolsters our academic preparation with a variety of practical learning opportunities to ensure you’re ready to “hit the ground running” upon graduation.

Legal Clinic

The MSU Law Legal Clinic provides a high-energy law firm environment in which students gain valuable experience working with real clients. Clinic participation offers a unique opportunity for students to develop a sense of personal ownership over actual cases and gain experience as they handle cases from beginning to end. Current Legal Clinic practice areas include:


Externships provide an excellent way for students to hone their legal skills, build a professional network, and clarify career goals—all while earning academic credit. MSU Law’s externship program connects students to a vast network of employers offering real-world training. Opportunities include:

Bridge to Practice 

The MSU Law Bridge to Practice program sponsors recent graduates to engage in a paid, substantive professional experience following the February bar exam. MSU Law partners with public interest, government, and other legal employers to provide graduates with meaningful, full-time, short-term work experiences that will serve as a springboard to long-term positions in the graduates’ desired sectors and locations.

The Bridge to Practice program benefits both employers and graduates: Graduates provide highly-skilled support to the employing organization while obtaining valuable professional experience and building a professional network.