Summer Programs for Wake Forest Law Students

Explore areas of law that matter to you. Wake Forest University School of Law offers a variety of summer learning opportunities for rising second-year and third-year JD students.

Summer Courses

Each summer, Wake Forest School of Law offers online courses as well as residential courses taught at our Winston-Salem campus.

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Summer Externships

Put legal theory into action through field placements. Spend your summer gaining practical experience from employers while earning course credit.

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Study Abroad

Wake Forest School of Law offers for-credit study abroad opportunities in London, Venice, and Vienna. Each program provides a comparative view of U.S. law with that of the host country.

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Summer Courses

Summer Session 1

May 19 - June 19, 2020

Summer Session 2

June 30 - July 31, 2020

Current Wake Forest University students can register for courses beginning March 16. Course load is limited to 2 courses. Registration for a 3rd course is only permitted with authorization from the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Tuition for summer courses is pending approval by the Wake Forest University Board of Trustees. Tuition for summer courses is expected to be $1,587 per credit hour. Scholarships do not apply to any summer courses. Enrollment in a minimum of 3 credit hours is required to receive federal loans.

Please note that a minimum enrollment of 6 students is required for each course.

Summer Externships

Summer externships provide unique working and learning opportunities to put legal theory into action through field placements. Each externship placement is complemented by classroom instruction taught by Wake Forest School of Law faculty.

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Carolina Externship

Spend a month in Charlotte or another city in the Carolinas practicing in a business setting. The program includes an externship placement where you will work on issues affecting corporations. For placements outside Charlotte, course work is handled by distance education.

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D.C. Summer Judicial Externship

Engage in the kinds of tasks performed by law clerks under the immediate supervision of an experienced attorney. This is a unique opportunity to work in some of America's most vibrant courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Judicial Externship

Work with judges in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. You will spend time in court with your mentoring judge as well as researching and writing. While the majority of placements are within the local community, you may also recruit your own judge in another location.