Gain hands-on experience in judicial chambers, public interest organizations, and government offices while earning academic credit.

While many students choose to complete an externship during the summer after their first year of law school, many externship opportunities are within walking distance of Detroit Mercy Law, which makes it convenient to gain practical legal experience any time of year.

“Serving as a judicial extern at the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is the highlight of my experience at Detroit Mercy Law and opened many doors in my legal career. It was an honor to spend a summer at the Court and learn from experienced jurists.”

Margarita Dvorkina
Margarita Dvorkina '19, Dual JD


Example Externship Placements

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    • United States Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • Michigan Supreme Court
    • Michigan Court of Appeals 
    • Macomb County Circuit Court 
    • Oakland County Circuit
    • Wayne County Circuit Court


    • Beaumont Health 
    • City of Detroit Board of Ethics 
    • Federal Community Defender
    • International Institute of Metropolitan 
    • Kent County Office of the Defender
    • Lakeshore Legal Aid
    • Legal Aid and Defender Association (LADA)
    • Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice 
    • Oakland University Office of Athletic Compliance
    • Southeastern Dispute Resolution Services
    • Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center


    • Department of Homeland Security 
    • ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor
    • Macomb County Prosecutor's Office
    • Michigan Attorney General
    • Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission
    • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
    • Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office 
    • National Labor Relations Board
    • United States Attorney's Office
    • Wayne County Corporation Counsel
    • Wayne County Land Bank
    • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

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    What Are the Eligibility Rules for the Externship Course? 

    All students must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.2 or better to enroll in the Externship course. For first-year students who wish to do an externship during the summer following their first year, the US JD students must possess a first semester GPA of 2.2 and have completed 24 credit hours in their first year. First-year Dual JD students must have a first semester GPA of 2.2 or higher in Comparative Legal Theory and Analysis I. 

    Externship FAQ Sheet for Students

    Watch the video to learn more about the externship program



    Rebecca Simkins Nowak

    Rebecca Simkins Nowak, Esq.
    Director, Clinical Operations and Outreach
    (313) 596-9409