Experience the Law

At the UW School of Law we believe the best way to educate future lawyers and leaders is to provide them with a strong foundation in legal theory, and the opportunity to experience the law first-hand. We also believe that the law is a calling in the spirit of public service, and that professional responsibility is a quality that can be learned best through experience and dialogue. For these reasons, the School of Law provides a variety of opportunities for students to serve the broader community. In fact, we require every student to perform a minimum of 60 hours of public service to graduate.

Students have a myriad of opportunities to apply what they have learned through our externships and in our clinical program. The public service requirement is fulfilled by completing an externship of 2 or more credits, or by participating in the clinical program.


An externship is an experiential learning opportunity, which allows students to receive academic credit while working in judges’ chambers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Please see the Externship Program for more information.

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