Restorative Justice Specialized Externship
The Restorative Justice Externship offers students a placement in a nonprofit or government agency that uses restorative practices or principles in their work, usually as one of the tools or approaches in their work in a legal or legal-adjacent area. Partnerships have been developed with the New York City Law Department, Family Court Division, New York Peace Institute, and others, where students work to build restorative approaches to the resolution of criminal charges or assist with case work on resolution of conflict or harm in schools, family, or other settings. The externship requires 140 hours of work in the placement organization for two credits, plus a one-credit specialized seminar which meets roughly every other week over the course of the semester. In the seminar, students will focus on issues such as how restorative justice can be implemented in court and other legal settings, how restorative justice can affect concepts of professionalism, the importance of lawyers and judges understanding restorative principles and practices, the principles of trauma-informed law practice, and more.
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. See Symplicity listing for application requirements and deadlines.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution