Building Practical Experience

There are a variety of ways students can gain practical experience before graduation.

Externship Programs

Upper-division students may participate in one of the New York Law School’s Externship Programs. Student externs earn academic credits while they gain practical experience, exposure to practice, and build skills in a supportive real-world setting.

Judicial Externship Program: Students volunteer with a judge in one of the many courthouses within blocks of the law school or in the surrounding jurisdictions.

Law Office Externship Program: Students volunteer in a law office (such as a private law firm, corporate counsel’s office, nonprofit organization, or a government agency).

For each program, externs work closely with faculty members (faculty tutors) who help them make the most of this real-world experience by reading the journals they write reflecting on their experience and meeting regularly to discuss what they are learning at the placement. Learn more.

Current students can learn more about how to participate in these programs on the student portal.


New York Law School offers more than 25 clinics through which students can put their learning in practice representing clients while closely supervised by a faculty member. Not only do these clinical opportunities provide students with necessary skills, but they also allow for the development of a legal network as well as the enhancement of other practical skills not otherwise taught in the classroom. Learn more about our clinics.


An important part of New York Law School’s efforts to bridge theory and practice are its academic centers. These hubs of specialized study offer regular opportunities for exchange among the students, experienced faculty, and expert practitioners.  The centers engage students in focusing on a particular field of study, allowing them to gain depth and substantive expertise beyond a broad understanding of the law. Centers include:

Learn more about these centers, as well as the additional Institutes, Programs and Projects.

Project-Based Learning Courses

Students who enroll in one of the NYLS’s project-based learning courses work closely in a small team with faculty and fellow students to complete a project for an outside client. These year-long courses are offered for 2, 3, or 4 credits, and on a Pass-Fail or graded basis, as decided by the professor.