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 Intensives

One week intensives are designed to give Wake Forest Law students the opportunity to learn and develop the skills employers need for their firms and organizations.

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Summer Practice Series

From May 28 - August 6, 2020, the Summer Practice Series will present a virtual 2-4 hour class on a subject designed to grow your practical skillset.

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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 Intensives

Online 1 week, 1 credit courses


May 19 - June 26, 2020

These new intensive courses give you the opportunity to sharpen in-demand skills that are sought by employers. Harnessing the industry experience of Wake Forest faculty and alumni, these online one-week, one-credit courses are designed to let you concentrate on distinct practice areas of the law. You’ll acquire real-world experience that gives you the knowledge and skills that firms and organizations are seeking in new associates.

These summer intensives are offered synchronously and will meet online at specific dates and times. Current Wake Forest University students can register for these intensives through the Wake Information Network (WIN). Register by Friday, May 15, 2020.

Tuition for intensives has been discounted to $1,000 per course, thanks to the generous support of our donors. Summer financial aid is available if you are registered for at least 3 credit hours. Institutional scholarships cannot be applied toward summer courses.

You may register for 3 summer intensives. If you wish to register for additional intensives, seek permission from Wendy Parker, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Summer Intensives do not count toward your limit of nine hours of pass/fail credit.

Summer Practice Series

Online 2-4 hour practical skill classes


May 28 - August 6, 2020

The Summer Practice Series will present an online 2-4 hour class on a subject designed to grow your practical skillset. These classes, taught by faculty and alumni, are free of charge to Wake Forest Law students. No course credit will be awarded. You may register for as many classes as you wish. If you participate in at least three classes, you will be eligible for a certificate that you can add to your resume.

Sign up for Summer Practice Series classes through Symplicity. For questions, please contact Professor Jordan Lee.

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 these courses through the Wake Information Network (WIN). Register by Friday, May 15, 2020.

Tuition for summer courses is $1,588 per credit hour. Summer financial aid is available if you are registered for at least 3 credit hours. Institutional scholarships cannot be applied toward summer courses.

You may register for 2 summer courses. If you wish to register for additional courses, seek permission from Wendy Parker, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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.