Extern David Faber '12 with extern supervisor, Landesa's Global Center for Women's Land Rights

Externship Program

Seattle University School of Law recognizes that experiential learning is an important component of a law student’s legal training. The externship program’s goal is to provide externs with a rewarding, well-supervised experience in judicial chambers or a practice setting that will ease their transition into practicing law, will instill professionalism, and will increase awareness of social justice concepts. A faculty supervisor and site supervisor guide each extern, providing insight and context for interns.

Students who are researching possible externship placements should review the Externship FAQ sheet, complete the Externship Application Form and visit the Externship Sponsors Database for comprehensive information about applying for an externship. Within the database, you will find a list of all sponsoring agencies, externship application instructions and much more.

All students interested in pursuing an externship are asked to schedule a time to meet with the Externship Faculty. Appointment sign-up sheets are available on TWEN by adding a course entitled "Appointments with Externship Faculty." Please note that once you have made an appointment we request you submit a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript to externships@seattleu.edu.

UPDATED 7/21/14

If you are thinking of doing an Externship this Fall, save the date! - the Fall Semester Intensive Seminar will be on Friday, August 29. This is a required seminar and will take the place of several seminars in the middle of fall semester.

Most sites are still reviewing applications for fall semester. With over 500 sites in our database, the possibilities are endless - work in an area of law that interests you and take the opportunity to explore new areas that are accessible to you as an extern! Get your cover letter to us so we can help you apply. Don't delay! Below are sites that we have recently heard from:

CIVIL EXTERNSHIPS: This area includes non-profits, in-house council and business law, employment and labor law, elder law, environmental law, health law and much more. Here are just a few sites that we have heard from recently that would like to have a fall extern:

Civil/Human Rights:
American Civil Liberties Union
Attorney General - most divisions
Washington Appleseed
Elder Law:
Administrative Office of the Courts - Guardianship and Elder Services - Olympia - NEW
Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Senior Hotline - NEW
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 117 - NEW
Public Employment Relations Commission (Olympia) - NEW
Hanford Challenge
Heart of America Northwest
Master Builders Association - NEW
Group Health - NEW
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - Seattle and Tacoma
Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Seattle and Tacoma - interviewing for both fall and spring
In-House Council:
F5 Networks
Federal Trade Commission
Rightside (formally Demand Media)
Russell Investments (requires finance background)
Trupanion - NEW
Washington State Nurses Association
Wizards of the Coast
U.S. Coast Guard

CRIMINAL EXTERNSHIPS: Many prosecuting attorney offices and defender associations have externships available, especially in Pierce and Thurston Counties. Listed below are some great opportunities; please contact us if you have questions about additional criminal sites in the database.

King County Prosecuting Attorney - Juvenile
King County Prosecuting Attorney - Special Assault Unit
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel
Seattle City Attorney's Office - (Please note that this site tries to select externs for the entire year during the summer)
Seattle Police Department - Office of Professional Accountability - NEW
Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel - NEW
Washington Defender Association

Many King, Pierce and Snohomish County Superior Court positions are unfilled; please let the externship office know if you are interested in a judicial position for fall as we are currently contacting sites about availability.
We have had specific requests from:
Tulalip Tribal Court - Judge Pouley
Pierce County Superior Court - Commissioner Kiesel
WA State Supreme Court - Justice Yu (full or part-time)

Please contact Jessica Palmer (palmerj@seattleu.edu) with any questions, or for a list of sites no longer accepting for fall semester.

Contact the Externship Program

School of Law Annex
1215 E. Columbia
Seattle, WA 98122-4340

Gillian Dutton
Externship Director
Phone: 206.398.4010
E-mail: duttong@seattleu.edu

Elizabeth Ford
Externship Associate Director
Phone: 206.398.4172
E-mail: forde@seattleu.edu

Jonathan LeBlanc
Externship Program Assistant
Phone: 206.398.4128
E-mail: leblancj@seattleu.edu

Jessica Palmer
Externship Program Assistant
Phone: 206.398.4006
E-mail: palmerj@seattleu.edu

2015 Priority Application Dates*:

Spring 2015
Begins: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
DEADLINE: Friday, October 17, 2014

For Summer 2015
Begins: Monday, December 1, 2014
DEADLINE: Friday, February 27, 2015

For Fall 2015
Begins: Monday, March 2, 2015
DEADLINE: Friday, May 29, 2015

Out of State and International Externships - Ongoing

*Applications may still be submitted after the deadline, although there is no guarantee of availability of externships. Please contact the Externship Program if you are planning a fulltime judicial externship - application dates may be earlier for certain sites.