Externships offer students the opportunity to gain insight into the legal system by seeing law in action, and to gain a deeper understanding of an area of the law by integrating classroom work with real world experience. Externships also allow students to explore their professional objectives, to understand better an area of practice, and to enhance opportunities for public/community service.
All current LL.M. students are eligible to participate in the Externship Program. International students may only participate in the Externship Program during their spring semester.
LL.M. students will receive two (2) credits that will be graded on a pass/fail basis, provided they meet all deadlines and complete program requirements. Although LL.M. students may participate in only one (1) “for-credit” externship during their LL.M. program, they are free to participate in as many non-credit internships as they can arrange and manage, assuming they have permission to work in the United States.
The academic externships are unpaid. Organizations select their own for-credit extern(s), and select these externs based on their own hiring criteria.
The Academic Externship credits do not count toward the specialization credit requirements for either the LL.M. degrees or the LL.M. certificate programs.
NOTE: For students beginning their LL.M. studies in 2012-2013, the Externship credits DO NOT count toward the 24 credits required for the New York Bar exam.