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Sample Externship Opportunities

The Externship Program at Washburn Law seeks to connect law students with legal offices and agencies in order to obtain practical legal experiences for our students. Each year we come upon new opportunities to serve the ever changing interests of our students. Being situated in the Capitol City of Kansas, we also have many strong established relationships and placements for our students as well. If a particular placement or field of interest is not reflected below please contact Externship Director Shawn Leisinger to discuss your particular interest.

We consider student identified placements on a case by case basis so you should meet with the Director early if you have a particular placement in mind. You are also encouraged to meet with the Director well in advance of the semester you intend to enroll in the course so that you can get application materials together and ready to be submitted early in the application cycle for a given semester.

Below you will find a list of sample placements that are available or students have had in recent years. While they are roughly listed in some categories of law and interest, most placements will provide broad experience in many areas of law beyond the basic subject listed. Governmental agency placements especially give students experience in their topical area as well as multiple other areas of law involved in running the agency that is much like any business or professional entity.

Children and Family Law

  • Kansas Department for Children and Families (Formerly SRS)
  • Kansas Legal Services
  • Children and Family Guidance Center
  • Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Others

Business and Transactional Law

  • Collective Brands (Payless and related companies)
  • Local Corporations (varies each year)
  • Banking entities
  • Kansas Securities Commissioner
  • Kansas Insurance Department
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Others

Advocacy

  • Kansas Legal Services
  • ACLU
  • Disability Rights Center
  • Battered Women’s Task Force
  • Kansas Attorney General’s Office
  • Statewide Prosecutors’ Offices
  • Statewide Board of Indigent Defense Services
  • The Midwest Innocence Project
  • Other

Government Law

  • All state agencies 
  • Many regional Federal agencies
  • Kansas Association of Counties
  • Kansas League of Municipalities
  • Many non-profit organizations

Criminal Law

  • Statewide and Nationwide Courts and Prosecutors/Defenders Offices
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Kansas Attorney General’s Office
  • Others

Immigration

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Others

Tribal and Indian Law

  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Court System
  • Externships are available locally and nationally with tribes and non-governmental organizations
  • Others

Civil Law

  • Civil law practice is covered by most of our placements – contact the Externship Director with your particular area of interest.

Estate Planning

  • Contact the Externship Director with your particular area of interest as there are a variety of elder law and related entities that provide experience in this area.

International Law

  • Collective Brands (Payless and related entities)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Natural Resources

  • Environmental Protection Agency (placement process through Professor Duncan)
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Tax Law

  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Kansas Court of Tax Appeals
  • Kansas Department of Revenue

Oil and Gas Law

  • Kansas Corporation Commission Oil and Gas Conservation Division
  • Chevron U.S.A.
  • Many other regional placement possibilities.

Intellectual Property

  • Collective Brands, Inc. (Payless and related entities)
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.