The Washburn Law summer externships places law students and their families in communities within the 26-county area served by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. The students work with a local attorney-supervisor who conducts a private law practice, works for government or a non-profit organization, serves as a judge, is engaged in a law-related activity such as banking, or serving as in-house counsel to a business.

The externship provides the student, and his or her family, with an opportunity to experience first-hand the personal and professional advantages a rural community has to offer.

Students report performing the regular functions of a rural Kansas attorney including research, writing, court hearings, meetings, negotiations, depositions, and any other events common in the day-to-day life of rural legal practice. Equally important, students are exposed to other experiences such as non-profit board work and/or bench and bar meetings to help paint a full picture of what it means to live and work in a rural community. In addition, students are immersed in the community and gain valuable experience and knowledge about both the profession and the community they lived in.

Participating students receive a stipend of $5,000 for the summer to cover living expenses while completing the externship. The student also receives a tuition scholarship of $4,320 for six credit hours for a concurrent course titled: “Rural Practice Externship.”

For more information on hosting an intern, contact:
Shawn Leisinger, Associate Dean
Washburn Law School