Through the Externship Program, upper-level students earn academic credits while gaining practical experience in a supportive real-world setting.
After completing their first year of law school, students may choose from two externship opportunities—the Judicial Externship Program and the Law Office Externship Program. In addition to gaining invaluable experience and developing a host of legal skills, student externs earn 2 academic credits for their work at a courthouse or law office. They earn an additional credit for a required complementary seminar.
Both externship programs are for unpaid positions that run concurrently with the New York Law School academic calendar. NYLS externs are required to work 140 hours a semester (10 to 12 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours per week during the shorter summer session).
Students interested in applying for an externship can find more information on the Career Resources section of the NYLS Portal.
Judicial Externship Program
Through NYLS’s Judicial Externship Program, student externs work with judges in one of the many courthouses near campus or in surrounding jurisdictions, including New York City Criminal, Civil, and Family Courts; the New York State Supreme Court; the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; the Court of International Trade; the Bankruptcy Court; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judicial externs refine their research, writing, and analytical skills; gain exposure to courtroom advocacy; and test their understanding of the rules of evidence and procedure.
Law Office Externship Program
Through NYLS’s Law Office Externship Program, students work with mentor attorneys at a wide range of law firms, government agencies, public interest offices, and corporations. Mentor attorneys administer assignments to externs, supervise their legal work, provide them frequent feedback, and offer them opportunities to observe.