Student Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for an Externship?

Part-Time Externships

Students who have completed at least 30 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. Students are also eligible to apply for other “approved” full-time externships offered through the Externship Program. Students who choose to enroll in a full-time externship for fall or spring cannot enroll in any other externship or clinical course and cannot have previously taken any other externship or clinical course. This means that students who believe that they will be eligible for and are interested in applying for a full-time externship should not enroll in any other clinics or externships. Students participating in a full-time externship during the summer may not take any other courses during that summer, but could enroll in an externship or clinical course during other semesters for a total of 7 credits. Also, students holding the top two positions of the Law Review and/or the Journal for Social Justice may not participate in a full-time externship. The externship and required seminar run throughout the semester, beginning in the first week of classes and ending during the last week of exams. See the Externship Application for more detail.

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.