The LL.M. Externship Program, launched in Fall 2013, gives LL.M. students the opportunity to engage in for-credit externships with a wide variety of host organizations, including non-profit organizations, corporate legal and compliance departments, government organizations, and law firms. Such placement experiences are intended to enrich the educational experience students receive in the Law School’s doctrinal courses and to promote students’ professional development by assisting them in integrating legal theory with skills and professional values.
The educational goals of Fordham’s LL.M. Externship Program are as follows:
Training Students in Lawyering Skills
Placements should offer opportunities for students to appreciate some of the competencies required for legal practice in the U.S. (for international students) and/or to learn and explore competencies required in a particular practice area or setting. Placements also frequently offer exposure to skills such as time management and law office operations.
Development of Professional Identity
Placements should offer a platform from which students will consider their professional role and the responsibilities that accompany that role. This includes not only analysis of and compliance with relevant ethical rules, but also identification of professional values that extend beyond the codified rules.
Growth of Students’ Self-Evaluative Skills
Placements should provide opportunities for active learning through experience, feedback, and reflection. Placements should, therefore, stimulate development of self-evaluative skills and the ability to learn from experience.