Information for Students

Summer 2017 program dates: May 23-June 23, 2017

Student Application deadline: March 20, 2017

The Wake Forest Summer Externship Program is available to rising 2Ls and rising 3Ls attending Wake Forest University School of Law. Students compete against a large pool of applicants and selected students are expected to have excellent credentials.

The Wake Forest Summer Externship consists of both practical and classroom components. The program has been designed with a high degree of flexibility to accommodate student interest and the availability of quality placements.

Placements include general counsel offices of publicly traded companies; private law firms; government counsel offices; public interest organizations; and other organizations whose needs match those of students in the program. The classroom component consists of a 2-hour mandatory seminar session each week of the program’s official dates. Students may participate in person at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center or connect virtually, depending on their placement location.


Here’s how to apply:

Step 1: Make an appointment to see your career advisor. Talk to her about whether or not the externship is a good idea for your long-term career goals. If you decide to proceed, please make sure that she has reviewed your resume and that you have made all suggested changes to it BEFORE you submit it.

Step 2: Fill out the application.

Step 3: Email your resume and cover letter explaining why you want to participate in the program to Elizabeth Goodwin at with the subject line: 2017 Summer Externship- Your Last Name by March 20, 2017

Placements will be decided by Wake Forest Law faculty by April 15, 2017.

Please note that host organizations will interview students prior to finalizing the summer placement. You should treat this like any other job interview and go prepared.


Students are responsible for their own housing during the externship. For our Charlotte externs, UNCC offers short-term housing for students doing internships in Charlotte over the summer.  More information is available on their website.