JD Externships

You’re already well acquainted with the classroom, now get familiar with the practice of law. From concert halls to City Hall to the hallowed halls of federal, state, and local courts, Fordham’s Externship program provides numerous opportunities across New York City to develop the skills, experience, and confidence you need to become a complete lawyer.

You’ll receive supervision from a mentor-attorney, guidance from a seminar professor, and support from your classmates as you experience legal practice in action across diverse areas of the law. You’ll also gain a better understanding of how the law impacts institutional structures, consider issues of ethics, professionalism, and accountability in the legal workplace, and have the opportunity to do meaningful public service.

Drop the law books and engage your legal education with an externship.

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Information Regarding Externships and Compensation

  1. Externship students are permitted to receive funding in the form of fellowships, grants, and scholarships, as long as the funds are received from a third party source and not directly from the placement organization.
  2. Externship students are permitted to receive reimbursement for their reasonable out-of pocket expenses related to their fieldwork. Reimbursement is permitted for the following expenses:
    1. During all semesters: local transportation costs (e.g., subway, parking); and
    2. During the summer only: the cost of transportation to and from the field placement if it is at a distance from NYC (an “out of town” placement) and for housing and food costs only to the extent they are greater than what they would have been at the student’s home location.
  3. Eternship students may not receive any other remuneration from a field placement, including wages or salaries.

Contact the Externship Program

Helene Yatrakis McNanna
150 West 62nd Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6934

Fax: 212-636-6923

Email: hmcnanna@law.fordham.edu