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Legal Externships

College of Law

Legal Externships

A legal externship is a great way to gain practical legal experience while in law school and earn course credit at the same time. The University of Wyoming College of Law has a robust externship program with many opportunities available. Professor Ken Chestek serves as the Externship Faculty Supervisor for the program, please contact him or Tim Crawford with any questions you might have. Many students have said this is one of the best experiences they have in law school. The opportunity to apply your legal knowledge to 'real-world' practice is invaluable to your legal education!

Externships Available

There are a variety of externships available at the College of Law: each one helping you to gain practical legal experience. An externship is with a judge, government agency or a non-profit organization.

For a full list of all externships currently pre-approved by the College of Law, please click the Master List. The externships are also categorized by type with lengthier descriptions and application requirements in the three links below:

Judicial Externships

Governmental Agency Externships

Non-Profit Organization/Public Interest Externships

Spring 2018 Externship Fair

We will be hosting the annual externship fair in April of 2018. The date of the fair will be set soon. This is a great opportunity to meet employers, ask questions about the program and network with the local bar! Employers, please contact us if you are interested in participating. 

Student Application for Spring 2018

There is a simple application process for externships. Prior to the deadline, email a resume and completed application form to Tim Crawford at tcrawfo4@uwyo.edu.  Please also supply any supplemental materials noted in the externship description. 

In addition to submitting your resume and application, you will need to register for the course credits through WyoWeb. Please note, that should you elect to take more than 3 credits during the summer term, you must register in each summer session. (ie: 4 credits for summer internship, register for 3 credits in Summer Session 1, and 1 credit in Summer Session 2) Please see the College of Law's Registrar, Vonnie Jordan with questions related to registration or WyoWeb.

The deadline to apply for Spring Externships is Monday, November 6th, 2017.

Supervisor Application

There is an application for a potential supervisor to fill out if you would like to have an extern in your office. All externships must be in a judicial, governmental or non-profit organization. If you would like to have an extern in your office, please fill out the Field Supervisor Application form and return it to Tim Crawford at tcrawfo4@uwyo.edu for review. Upon receipt, our office will notify the supervisor and student of the status of their application and th necessary next steps. 

Rule 9 - Practicing under your Supervisor

The Wyoming State Bar provides a way for students to get "real-world" experience prior to graduation. Rule 9 states that a student may practice in court as a normal attorney under the direct supervision of their supervising attorney. This gives an extern the incredible opportunity to get exposure to the court system, practice making an argument to the court, and allows the supervisor to give meaningful feedback and mentorship early in a young lawyer's career. It is encouraged that field supervisors participate and provide these opportunities to their externs, when appropriate. 

Supervisor Documents & Training

The Externship Program Director is always happy to answer any questions a supervisor or their staff may have throughout the duration of the externship placement, or outside of a placement. The College also provides a 1 credit CLE training for all field supervisors. You may access a copy of that CLE for self-study credit by clicking the link . Other policies, guidelines and evaluation documents are listed below. 

News

Student Highlight: Kendra Winslow and Externship Jury Trial

Student Highlight: Kendra Winslow and Externship Jury Trial

April 29, 2016 — Over the course of the last semester, the externship program at the University of Wyoming College of Law has seen a significant boom in participation from both students and outside agencies to provide hands-on experience for law students during their legal education.


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