San Francisco Immersion Program

San Francisco Immersion Program

The San Francisco Immersion Program is tailored toward Northwestern Law JD students who are interested in understanding the legal and business environment of growth-stage startup firms, venture capital firms, and high-tech companies.

Students selected for the program have the opportunity to learn from both Law School and Kellogg faculty, as well as business leaders in San Francisco, in the classroom at Northwestern University's San Francisco Campus and on-site in startups and firms across the Bay Area. Students spend the first 10 weeks of the Spring semester in San Francisco taking a combination of Kellogg and Law School classes and working in either a credit-generating unpaid externship or a non-credit-generating paid internship in the legal department of a bay area startup or technology company.


All second- and third-year JD students are eligible to apply.

Information sessions held each fall provide additional details on the application process.


The San Francisco Immersion Program is an accredited curricular experience, and the curriculum includes both Kellogg and Law School courses, such as:

Law School courses
  • Business of Venture Law
  • Assessing Emerging AI and Computational Technologies
  • Legal Design and Innovation
  • High Tech Practicum

Kellogg courses

  • KIEI 967-0 Launching and Leading Start-Ups
  • KIEI-458-0 Product Management for Technology Companies
  • KIEI-952-5 Entrepreneurship: Building Innovation, Teams, and Cultures

For more information on course offerings, contact Professor Sarah Lawsky.

Prior and Current Externship and Internship Employers

  • Carta
  • eBay
  • Gusto
  • Impossible Foods
  • Luminar Technologies
  • Ouster
  • Skillz
  • Tesla 
  • Twilio

For more information on hosting a student extern at your organization, contact Professor Emerson Tiller.