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 CANVAS under the Courses drop-down menu. 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 11/12


  • The Law School is closed December 24 - January 1; there will be no applications submitted during this time.

  • Full-time externships are only available at the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Federal District Courts, with the exception of out-of-state placements.

  • If you have secured an externship on your own, please notify the Externship Program as soon as possible to secure your spot in the appropriate seminar.

  • Externship registration will be submitted to the Registrar's Office beginning Monday 11/17 if you have secured an externship and submitted your Externship Application form.

  • The required Intensive Seminar is on Friday, January 16 - Save the date!

  • For Spring Semester the seminar schedule is: Judicial on Mondays 6-7:15pm; Criminal on Tuesdays 4-5:15pm; Civil on Thursdays 4-5:15pm; In-house/Government on Thursdays 4-5:15pm; International and Legislative TBD.

Appointments with Externship Faculty available on TWEN
For those signing up for an appointment for the first time, please register for the TWEN Course "Appointments with Externship Faculty" and select "Sign-up Sheets" on the left side of the page to access appointments with Prof. Dutton and Prof. Ford. PLEASE NOTE: November appointments are open to 2L and 3L students seeking Spring 2014 externships.

Apply for Spring Semester externships now! The priority application deadline has passed, so please contact the Externship Program soon if you are planning on applying for a spring externship. All sites are reviewing applications and conducting interviews now and we will continue to submit applications until sites are full. Below is a list of sites that have contacted us recently requesting applications:

Administrative Office of the Courts/Office of Guardianship and Elder Services
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
Anchorage District Attorney's Office
City of Lakewood
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Employment Security Department - Olympia
King County Bar Association
Housing Justice Project, Family Law Pro Bono Programs and Volunteer Legal Services
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office - Community Partnerships (New Site)
King County Superior Court - Judge Shaffer
Legal Advocates for Indian Country
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - Tacoma
Northwest Justice Project - Benefits Unit and Housing Justice Project
Northwest Justice Project - Laurel Rubin in Yakima
Pierce County Superior Court - Judge Nevin
Public Defender Agency - Anchorage
Seattle City Attorney - Infractions and Criminal
Seattle University - University Counsel
Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP)
The Defender Association
Tulalip Tribe Prosecuting Attorney's Office
US Coast Guard - Deadline 11/21 (Summer semester deadline 1/31)
US District Court - Judge Zilly
WA State Court of Appeals Div II
WA State Supreme Court - Justice Gonzalez (prefer fulltime extern)
WA State Supreme Court - Justice Owens

It's time to start planning for Summer 2015!

We will begin submitting applications for Summer Semester on Monday, December 1. We will continue submitting applications through February 27 and if you apply during this time we can assure that you will find a placement for summer. After the priority deadline we will continue to submit applications until sites are full, but cannot guarantee placement in your preferred sites.

Sites with early deadlines:

King County Prosecutor's 1L Program - Deadline 1/9
Landesa - Deadline 3/6
Pierce County Prosecutors - Deadline 3/1
Starbucks - Deadline 2/17
US Coast Guard - Deadline 1/31
US Department of Education - applications reviewed in February
US District Court - Judge Coughenour - Accepting 1L and 2L application - Deadline 1/23
US District Court - Judge Donohue
US District Court - Judge Pechman

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.