Externships provide law students with an opportunity for experiential learning in legal practice settings. Externs work a minimum of 12 to 15 hours per week at their externship site and attend seminars led by faculty members to receive course credit for the experience. The externs may be paid for this work, depending on the arrangements made with the externship site.

In the seminar, students create a learning plan to map their objectives and goals, submit reflective writing assignments, and write a final paper. Students may apply a maximum of nine externship credits toward their degree. In a given semester, students may earn three or six credits for their externship experience at a specific site. These credits may contribute to satisfaction of the American Bar Association’s experiential learning requirement.

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. In addition to general externships with the judiciary, non-profit organizations, governmental entities, corporations, or select law firms, other opportunities include:

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