Extern supervisor Diana Young '04 and extern Blair Blown '12, F5 Networks

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 10/23

Appointments with Externship Faculty available on TWEN
After receiving feedback from students, we are moving our Appointments with Externship Faculty sign-up sheets from CANVAS back to TWEN. Prior to this fall, we used TWEN for appointments and many of you will be familiar with the process. 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. Appointments for November are available now on TWEN. 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
International Tribune for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
King County Bar Association - Housing Justice Project, Family LawPro Bono Programs and Volunteer Legal Services
King County Superior Court - Judge Mack, Judge Shaffer
Legal Advocates for Indian Country
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - Tacoma
Northwest Justice Project - Laurel Rubin in Yakima
Oregon Court of Appeals - Judge Rebecca Duncan - DEADLINE 11/1
Oregon Supreme Court
Pierce County Superior Court - Judge Nevin
Public Defender Agency - Anchorage
Seattle City Attorney - Infractions and Criminal
Snohomish County Prosecutor - Criminal
The Defender Association
Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
US District Court - Judge Zilly
WA State Court of Appeals Div II - Judge Lisa Sutton - NEW Site
WA State Supreme Court - Justice Gonzalez (prefer fulltime)

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.