An externship is a learning experience outside the classroom.
You will earn credit while being immersed in the practice of law.
Mission of the Gonzaga Law Externship Program
The Externship Program provides students with opportunities for professional development, to obtain practical lawyering skills, to create or expand professional networks, and to assess and gain insight to the workings of the legal system.
We create these opportunities through exposure to the system with the guidance of a supervising attorney or judge and then supplement those experiences with valuable instruction in a concurrent, reflective seminar component.
In an effort to further the school’s mission of commitment to public service and social justice, we only place students in programs that serve those in need within government entities and non-profit organizations. Additionally, the ABA prohibits earning compensation for academic credit.
The Basics of an Externship
- You may enroll during any semester after the successful completion of your first year.
- During your externship, you must concurrently enroll in a one-credit seminar.
- Placements are for one semester only, except in pre-arranged circumstances.
- If enrollment must be limited, third-year students will receive preference.
You can earn up to 15 credits while working in a field placement with judges and attorneys engaged in public interest law. Generally, for one credit hour, a student is required to complete 60 hours of work, and these credits are graded on a pass/fail basis. Placements are available locally, across the state, and nation.
Examples of just some of our Local Externship Placements:
- Center for Justice
- Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho
- Gonzaga University General Counsel’s Office
- Kalispel Tribe Legal Offices
- Kootenai County District Court
- Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney
- Northwest Justice Project
- Office of Administrative Hearings
- City of Spokane
- Spokane County Municipal Court
- Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office
- Spokane County Public Defender’s Office
- Spokane County Superior Court
- Unemployment Law Project
- U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Idaho
- U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Eastern Washington
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- United Food and Commercial Workers Local #1439
- Washington State Attorney General’s Office
- Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 3
- Washington State office Administrative Hearing
- World Relief
Please read an update from the Externship Program: Newsletter January 2015 Ed. 1