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
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