Externships are available with many state and federal judges during the summer and
throughout the school-year, in the greater-Seattle area and around the country.
Making a decision to apply and determining to which judges one should apply calls
for planning and strategy. Students who are considering a judicial externship are
encouraged to meet with their professional development coaches soon to discuss their
plans and to have their application material reviewed.
Many judges select externs on a rolling basis, and positions may be filled
several quarters ahead, so students should begin the application process early.
Court-specific application instructions and availability of externship positions
are available for Seattle-area courts listed at the bottom of this page. These charts
are updated as information becomes available. Students interested in other courts
should contact those courts for their application procedures.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Unless otherwise noted, an application
consists of the following:
- Cover letter
- Unofficial law school transcript
- Writing sample
- List of references and/or letters of recommendation
Generally, students should apply directly to the courts. For judges who request applications to be submitted through the Externship Program, instructions will be announced by email and posted here.
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Washington State Supreme Court
Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I
King County Superior Court