Externships: Real-world experience

Ann Juergens

Co-Director of Clinic Program

Peter B. Knapp

Co-Director of Clinic Program

Jean Backes

Administrative Coordinator, Clinics and Externships
Rm. 259


William Mitchell offers students a variety of externships that provide valuable hands-on learning experiences. Externships have an hour commitment based on credit enrollment and require prerequisite courses. Each student registered for an externship has a faculty supervisor and field placement supervisor.

Classroom-Based Externships

Each course offers a classroom portion focused on analytical topics. These externships have regularly scheduled classes and are under the direction of the assigned professor.

Independent Externships and Independent Judicial Externships

Independent Externships and Independent Judicial Externships are for-credit courses, in which the student takes responsibility for much of his or her own learning by working in field-placement sites under the guidance of a field supervisor and faculty supervisor.


Students can take up to a total of four (4) independent externship credits AND a total of four (4) independent judicial externships during their law school career.

Credits from classroom-based externships, e.g., Bankruptcy Externship Course, Federal Judicial Externship Course, do not count against the independent externship credits.

Externships and Clinics Information Session

All 1Ls and students who have not yet taken an externship or clinic are encouraged to watch this video and PowerPoint.  This one hour video will give you an overview of Mitchell’s Externship and Clinic Programs and assist you in planning ahead to gain legal experience during law school.