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The Arizona Summit Law School (Summit) Externship Program offers a vast array of opportunities for students to gain invaluable legal professional and networking experience, working off-campus with actual practicing lawyers, judges, and other professionals, while earning academic credit.

How Does the Externship Program Work?

At Arizona Summit Law School, all students are given the opportunity to choose from a variety of pre-approved placements, or develop their own field placement to be approved by the school. In either path you choose, you must participate in both parts of the Externship Program — the seminar class and field placement. The seminar class is a pass-fail class for two to twelve hours of academic credit. Each hour of academic credit requires fifty logged hours of work at the field placement. The required academic work is the same for all externship seminars, with the exception of the seven-, eight-, nine-, ten-, eleven- and twelve-hour credit class, which also requires a 15-minute presentation.

Who Can Participate in the Externship Program?

Students who have completed 28 credit hours and are in good academic standing can participate in the program.

Information for Interested Employers

Employers interested in hiring an extern for the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms may complete an Externship Job Posting Form. If employers are potentially interested in hiring an extern each term, please complete the Employer Directory Form to be listed in the Employer Directory as a pre-approved placement.

The number of student applications received each term depends on the number of students registered for the Externship Program and their particular areas of interest. Each term we typically have more placements than students, so we cannot guarantee a placement each term.  Please contact The Center for Professional Development at 602.682.6879 or to learn more.​

Samples of previous placements include the following:

City Government County Government Federal Government Tribal Government
City of Phoenix, AZ Maricopa County Attorney's Office U.S.Court of Appeals. 5th Circuit Pascua Yaqui Legal Services
City of Glendale, AZ Maricopa County Office of the Juvenile Public Defender United States District Court Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Legal Dept.
City of Gilbert, AZ Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender United States Attorney's Office  
City of Prescott, AZ Maricopa County Superior Court Federal Public Defender  
City of Scottsdale, AZ Pima County Public Defender's Office Department of Homeland Security  
City of Surprise, AZ La Paz County Public Defender's Office Department of Veteran Affairs  
City of Tempe, AZ Pinal County Attorney's Office EEOC  
City of Mayer, AZ Yavapai County Attorney's Office    
City of Henderson, NV Polk County Attorney's Office    
City of Los Angeles, CA Yuma County Legal Defender's Office    
City of Musawa, Africa Yuma County Public Defender's Office    
  Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office    
  Santa Clara County Superior Court    

State Government

Public Interest

Corporate Law

International Law

AZ Attorney General's Office

Community Legal Services


United Nations/Vienna

AZ Court of Appeals

Volunteer Lawyer's Program

Cell Trust

Industrial Court of Botswana

AZ Supreme Court Staff Attorney Office

AZ Foundation for Legal Services & Education

Intersport, Inc.

Delex Abogados Empresariales Lopez & Asociados in Ecuador

AZ Governor's Office

AZ Center for Law in the Public Interest

Titan Sports Management


AZ Legislative Counsel

AZ Justice Project



AZ Ombudsman's Office

AZ Capital Representation Project


AZ Solicitor General's Office

Institute for Justice


AZ Dept. of Administration

Goldwater Institute


AZ Dept. of Gaming

Never Again Foundation


AZ Dept. of Homeland Security

Southern AZ Legal Aid


AZ Dept. of Liquor Licenses & Control

Team Child


AZ Dept. of Emergency & Military Affairs

Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix


AZ Dept. of Water Resources

Probate Lawyer's Assistance Project


Industrial Commission of AZ

Fresh Start


NM Supreme Court

Florence Immigration Project



AZ Center for Disability Law



AZ Bar Foundation - Kids Law



Clark County, NV Self Help Center




PRIVATE FIRMS (not all are listed)

Alcock & Associates Jaburg Wilk Marc J. Victor. P.C.
Alex E. Navidad, PLC Jenkins Law Firm Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, P.L.L.C.
Baumann, Doyle, Paytas & Bernstein Kanu & Associates, P.C. Polsinelli Shughart
Bowman & Brooke LLP Kimerer & Derrick, P.C. Snell & Wilmer
David S. Shughart P.C. Laboy Law Office Sun & Partners
Durfee Law Group Law Office of Corso & Rhude, PLLC Swain Law Office
Evans, Dove, & Nelson, P.L.C. Law Office of Kevin Koelbel The Dickerson Law Group
Gorman & Jones, PLC Law Office Of Sonia Monique Ramirez, PLLC The Doyle Firm

For more information about our externship program, please contact Laurie Hodgson, the Assistant Director of Professional Development at 602.682.6839 or