Since 2015, Michi­gan Law offers stu­dents the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in a semes­ter-long extern­ship in India dur­ing the win­ter term each year with lead­ing non­govern­men­tal (NGO) and gov­ern­men­tal insti­tu­tions. Sec­ond- and third- year law stu­dents will work side by side with top-notch Indi­an lawyers on press­ing legal mat­ters and pol­i­cy issues.

Externs par­tic­i­pate in a con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous sem­i­nar intend­ed to pro­vide them sub­stan­tive con­text for their externships.

The India Extern­ship Pro­gram is man­aged by Amy Sankaran​, direc­tor of extern­ships and pro bono programs.

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We hope you’ll con­sid­er apply­ing. Please sub­mit your appli­ca­tion through MCompass, and make sure your appli­ca­tion pack­age is com­plete before you submit. 

What You’ll Need

  • A cov­er letter 
    • Address let­ter To whom it may con­cern” and leave the address blank
  • Your resume
  • A state­ment of interest 
    • There are no length require­ments, though most are around three to five pages, double-spaced.
  • A let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion from a Michi­gan Law professor 
    • Ask them to send to lawexternships@​umich.​edu
  • If you are doing an extern­ship in your final semes­ter, please review your grad­u­a­tion require­ments to ensure any remain­ing require­ments will be sat­is­fied by the extern­ship. Please con­sult the reg­is­trar if you have any ques­tions regard­ing grad­u­a­tion requirements.

Extern­ship Details

Stu­dents, before you pro­ceed, be sure to read the poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing Michi­gan Law externships. 

Extern­ship Pro­gram Policies

  • Require­ments

    Super­vis­ing Attor­ney Evaluations

    Your super­vis­ing attor­ney at the host orga­ni­za­tion must sub­mit two for­mal writ­ten eval­u­a­tions for inclu­sion in your extern­ship file; one at the midterm point in the extern­ship and again at the con­clu­sion. These eval­u­a­tions should detail the work the extern has done and the supervisor’s eval­u­a­tion of your per­for­mance dur­ing the time peri­od cov­ered. The eval­u­a­tions should be sub­mit­ted via the Sub­mit but­ton on the form.

    It is your respon­si­bil­i­ty to ensure these eval­u­a­tions are submitted.

    Midterm Eval­u­a­tion

    Final Eval­u­a­tion


    Over­seas Trav­el Waiver

    As a con­di­tion of enrolling for over­seas extern­ship cred­it, you must com­plete an Over­seas Trav­el Waiv­er. This require­ment applies whether or not the U.S. State Depart­ment has issued a trav­el alert or trav­el warn­ing for the coun­try to which you plan to travel.

    See the Over­seas Trav­el Require­ments for more com­plete information.

    Over­seas Trav­el Waiv­er (pdf)

    Over­seas Trav­el Require­ments 

  • Stu­dent Eligibility

    The extern­ship pro­gram is open to sec­ond- or third-year law stu­dents who are in good aca­d­e­m­ic stand­ing at the Law School.

    Stu­dents are not per­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pate in an extern­ship with more than one incom­plete grade on their tran­script at the time of their departure.

  • Cred­its

    You may earn a max­i­mum of 12 to 13 cred­its for an approved extern­ship pro­gram in a reg­u­lar aca­d­e­m­ic term. Stu­dents who pro­pose a final semes­ter extern­ship must also include in their appli­ca­tion pack­et a com­plet­ed Reg­is­trar Check­list show­ing that at the end of the extern­ship all require­ments for their degree will have been met.

    You are expect­ed to be at the place­ment site dur­ing the agency’s reg­u­lar work­ing hours, receiv­ing 11 cred­its for their field­work, which are pass/​fail. Externs also par­tic­i­pate in a one-cred­it sem­i­nar as a com­pan­ion to their extern­ship, which is graded.

    This sem­i­nar is intend­ed to sup­ple­ment your field work by pro­vid­ing an envi­ron­ment for you to share your work expe­ri­ences and reflect on the vary­ing approach­es to inter­na­tion­al prob­lem-solv­ing of the agency where you are placed.

    The fac­ul­ty mem­ber will doc­u­ment his or her impres­sions in a writ­ten report and sub­mit it to the Cen­ter for Inter­na­tion­al and Com­par­a­tive Law for inclu­sion in your extern­ship file.

  • Tuition and Liv­ing Expenses

    Externs pay their reg­u­lar tuition, and their reg­u­lar aid pack­age (loans and schol­ar­ships) applies. 

  • Past India Place­ment Sites

    Alter­na­tive Law Forum

    The Alter­na­tive Law Forum (ALF) is a col­lec­tive of lawyers in Ben­galu­ru, India. ALF inte­grates alter­na­tive lawyer­ing with crit­i­cal research, alter­na­tive dis­pute res­o­lu­tion, ped­a­gog­ic inter­ven­tions, and more gen­er­al­ly main­tain­ing sus­tained legal inter­ven­tions in var­i­ous social issues.

    ALF engages with cut­t­ing-edge issues in intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty, gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty law, media and cul­ture, labor, envi­ron­ment, land rights, and the con­sti­tu­tion in gen­er­al. Sec­ond and third year law stu­dents will work along­side top-notch Indi­an lawyers on press­ing legal mat­ters and pol­i­cy issues.

    Alter­na­tive Law Forum 


    Increas­ing Diver­si­ty by Increas­ing Access

    Increas­ing Diver­si­ty by Increas­ing Access (IDIA), locat­ed in Ben­galu­ru, India, iden­ti­fies under­priv­i­leged stu­dents and pro­vides them resources to ful­fill their mis­sion of producing lead­ing lawyers and com­mu­ni­ty advo­cates who are cre­ative, holis­tic, altru­is­tic and mav­er­ick prob­lem solvers.”

    Law stu­dents are involved in all the day-to-day work of these pas­sion­ate attor­neys, includ­ing draft­ing and review­ing con­tracts, cre­at­ing orga­ni­za­tion­al poli­cies, and ensur­ing com­pli­ance with local labor laws.

    As a new­er orga­ni­za­tion, they have a start-up cul­ture, which leads to an excit­ing and fast-paced work environment.

    Increas­ing Diver­si­ty by Increas­ing Access


    Majlis Legal Centre

    Majlis Legal Cen­tre, in Mum­bai, India, is a women’s rights orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to empow­er­ing and edu­cat­ing women using law. They con­duct legal rights train­ings, engage in pol­i­cy advo­ca­cy, edu­cate women and con­duct lit­i­ga­tion to advance women’s rights in India and help women access jus­tice. Law stu­dents are able to get involved in all aspects of their work. 

    Majlis Legal Centre


    Oth­er Avail­able Sites

    Beyond the above, India has a rich cul­ture of legal aid orga­ni­za­tions, courts, and gov­ern­ment agen­cies that would be fan­tas­tic learn­ing expe­ri­ences for our stu­dents. We are more than hap­py to speak with you about your inter­est in India and help you find a great fit for your interests.

    Please reach out to Amy Sankaran either via email or Sym­plic­i­ty to explore the var­i­ous possibilities.

    Email Amy

    Sched­ule an Online Appointment 

  • Details About the Appli­ca­tion Process and Timeline 

    You must sub­mit a com­plete appli­ca­tion by Sat­ur­day, April 1, 2023 on Mcom­pass. It is your respon­si­bil­i­ty to make sure that all parts of the extern­ship appli­ca­tion pack­age have been received by the deadline.

    After you apply, Pro­fes­sor Sankaran will sched­ule a meet­ing with­in a cou­ple of weeks to fur­ther explore your appli­ca­tion, your inter­est in the Pro­gram, and your desired placements.

    You may sub­mit an appli­ca­tion with­out being ful­ly com­mit­ted to the India Pro­gram. How­ev­er, once we agree on a place­ment and send stu­dent mate­ri­als, you must be ful­ly com­mit­ted to com­plet­ing an extern­ship in India if accept­ed by the organization.