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Thank you for exploring externship opportunities with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Department offers excellent experience and learning opportunities for law students. Law students perform research, draft briefs and pleadings, review discovery and conduct investigations, as well as prepare for and participate in court appearances. Regardless of a law student's ultimate career goals, the Department provides practical opportunities for skill-building and professional development. During law school, a select group of students is chosen to work alongside approximately 90 Assistant Attorneys General in one of seven different units within the Legal Services Division.
Division staff are located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Madison -- the state capital -- is home to the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, District IV of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Dane County Circuit Court, the Wisconsin Legislature, the Governor and many state administrative agencies.
Student Externs: Each semester and summer, the Division of Legal Services recruits law students to work directly under the guidance of supervising attorneys. Students may work in the fall, spring or summer either as volunteer law clerks without pay or as externs earning credits from their law schools. See UW Law School description here; Marquette Law School link to clinical programs here. In order to be eligible for a volunteer clerkship or externship you must have completed your first year of law school. Recruiting and hiring information is forwarded to the two Wisconsin Law Schools (University of Wisconsin - Madison and Marquette) each summer, fall and spring, and to other law schools or students on request. Individuals from other law schools are also encouraged to apply if they will be available to work in Madison over the summer or during the school year. If you are interested in a law student extern or volunteer position, please forward your resume, transcript, references, writing sample and a cover letter indicating the units you are interested in. You can review the DOJ units at the Division of Legal Services link here.
You may provide this information in one of the following ways:
Ms. Kyle Rogers
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Division of Legal Services
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857