Student Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for an Externship?

Part-Time Externships

Students who have completed at least 28 credit hours are eligible to enroll in a part-time externship for three (3), four (4), five (5), or six (6) credits. The externship and required seminar run throughout the semester, beginning in the first week of classes and ending the last day of scheduled classes. See the Externship Application for more detail.

Full-Time Externships

Students who have completed 60 credit hours and are in the top 50% of their class are eligible to apply for a full-time externship with federal district court and federal and state appellate court judges in Western Washington or Alaska, or the Washington State Governor’s Office. Many judges and justices do prefer the top 25%, however. A waiver process is available for students who are not in the top 50%. Students are also eligible to apply for other “approved” full-time externships offered through the Externship Program.  The externship and required seminar run throughout the semester, beginning in the first week of classes and ending during the last week of exams.

Type of ExternshipNumber of CreditsClass Rank
Full-Time 60 Top 50% (Many sites require top 25%; some, top 10%; some, individual screening.)
Part-Time (3, 4, 5, or 6 Credits) 30 All Students Eligible
Part-Time (3, 4, 5, or 6 Credits) 45 All Students Eligible
Part-Time (3, 4, 5, or 6 Credits) 60 All Students Eligible

Rule 9 Information

Several Externship Sponsors require (or prefer) that Student Externs be Rule 9 qualified. This qualification allows a student to practice law under the supervision of an attorney. You can pick up Rule 9 application information from the Registrar or the Law Clinic. The site supervisor must sign your application, not the Director of the Externship Program. Note: The Washington State Bar Association does not waive Rule 9 application fees for externships. Externs, not sponsoring agencies, are responsible for paying any Rule 9 fees.

If I apply, am I guaranteed an Externship?

No. You must be accepted for the Externship by the Sponsor. The Sponsor has complete discretion in choosing its Externs. That said, we always have more Sponsors than we have students applying, so don’t talk yourself out of it. Your chances are quite good!

Marcine Anderson, senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, right, with extern Teru Olsen '08.