Experience. Flexibility. Success
Gain the practical experience needed to jump start your legal career. Earn credit and develop professional relationships while working in premier placements across the country. Our robust programs provide the flexibility you need to tailor your experience to your career goals.
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The Orange Network is vast and the College of Law has alumni in all 50 states and 53 countries around the world. The program continues to expand, offering students a range of locations where they can complete externships. Outside of our core programs, the Externship Program accommodates students who take advantage of our network in other cities and smaller pilot programs. Locations for planned expansion include:
Can't find a placement that fits your goals? Already have an opportunity you would like to take for credit as an externship? Talk with Director of Externships Kim Wolf Price.
Academic: Students are eligible to participate beginning their 1L summer. Students must be in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.2) at the time they apply and throughout the course of their externships, and must satisfy the Professional Responsibility pre-/co-requisite (LAW 647 as a 1L elective or LAW 746).
Seminar: All externship students must enroll in the accompanying lawyering seminars. Each seminar examines the complex operations of the legal profession and relevant new lawyer topics and includes written assignments. Students will work together, present in class, hear from guest panels and distinguished lecturers, network with local legal community members and alumni, and reflect on the transition from classroom to practice settings.
Travel & Housing: Students are responsible for securing housing and travel to and from their program's city as well as to and from their placement. In larger cities, it is recommended to live nearby public transportation.
Our alumni network spans the entire US and we continue to develop new opportunities for our students. Explore the programs below to find out which best fits your career goals.
Located in the heart of Central New York, the College of Law sits within a reasonable drive of externship placements in:
Placements are available from local, state, and federal judges, in government offices, non-profit organizations, law firms, corporations, and more.
Fall, Spring: 2 credits (112 hours) or 3 credits (168 hours) part-time for NYEx Placement; 12 credits (540 hours) full-time NYEx Placement; 2 credits for NYEx Seminar.
Summer: 3 credits for part-time NYEx Placement or 5 credits for full-time NYEx Placement; 1 credit for NYEx Seminar.
Experience law in the Big Apple, the United State’s most populous city, working at placements like the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Constellation Advisers LLC, DLA Piper, and federal Judges.
Spring: 12 credits for NYCEx Placement; 2 credits for New York Lawyer Seminar.
Summer: 5 credits for NYCEx Placement; 1 credit for New York Lawyer Seminar.
Get a taste of the US capital’s unique legal environment in Washington, DC. Work at the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, on the Hill with US and State representatives, for the FBI, NASA, Planned Parenthood, at law firms, or at one of many other prominent placements.
Spring: 12 credits for DCEx Placement; 2 credits for Washington Lawyer Seminar.
Summer: 5 credits for DCEx Placement; 1 credit for Washington Lawyer Seminar.
I will tell you DCEx a fantastic opportunity. Between the two externships I have experienced, we have had seminars at three of the top 20 law firms in the country (Arnold & Porter, DLA Piper, K&L Gates, Ernst &Young), met with several top-tier government employees (Department of Justice attorney, Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, NCS Deputy, Commodities Future Trading Commission Commissioner, Judge Advocate General and Administrative Law Judges) and a member of Congress. Not only are those great networking opportunities, DCEx gives you the chance to visit some of the more exclusive buildings in the US (including rooms in the White House where there is no public access).
However, big picture wise, DCEx students are obviously participating for future internships/jobs. Through one of my placements during spring 2019 at the CPSC, working under the Chairwomen of the entire government agency, I have secured a paid internship for the summer. I was also offered a paid clerkship at the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission under one of the 5 ALDs in the agency.
The externships give me a leg up when compared to other law students because instead of having only 4-6 months of actual legal experience at two spots (roughly two summers), I will have roughly 8-9 months experience at two or three placements. Lastly, there are two big networking events offered by the College of Law in the spring/summer where many alumni, externship hosts, and others come and mingle with us. These are perfect opportunities to speak with a wide array of DC-connected professionals and set up lunches/coffee meet ups to network and make connections.
I decided to go to the College of Law over other schools because of the externship program and it has paid off immensely.
—Ethan Paraboschi L’19
Philadelphia is one of the nation’s most historic cities and a perfect place to gain experience with public defenders, public interest agencies, and private law firms.
Spring: 12 credits for PhillyEx Placement; 2 credits for Philly Lawyer Seminar.
Summer: 5 credits for PhillyEx Placement; 1 credit for Philly Lawyer Seminar.
Spend the summer abroad in London, one of the world’s most dynamic and historic cities and gain a comprehensive understanding of the rich legal tradition that produced the US legal system. The College of Law has maintained the prestigious LondonEx program for over 40 years. LondonEx emphasizes a comparative law immersion, where students can learn the fundamental tenets of English law, emphasizing its institutions, profession, court structure, procedure, and substantive law.