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Placement Opportunities

With Fordham's Externship Program, New York City becomes your classroom. Take advantage of all the city has to offer.

There is a rich array of placement opportunities in New York City and students are encouraged to seek externships in those practice areas that most interest them.

To be an eligible placement, your externship must be in one of the following categories:

Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies

Civil government externships offer you a wide variety of opportunities working with local, state, and federal administrative programs, the United States Attorney’s Office, and regulatory agencies.

Students interested in an externship with the New York City Council can participate in the New York City Council Externship Seminar, which offers a unique glimpse into the City's legislative process.

All government offices are pre-approved.

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Local, State, and Federal Courts

You can refine your research and writing skills, observe court proceedings, and learn more about the deliberative process through a judicial externship at the local, state, or federal levels.

All judges are pre-approved.

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Not-For-Profit Organizations

You can work in an array of diverse placements focused on subjects including legal services, civil rights, child advocacy, environmental law, human rights, and immigration.

Many non-profit organizations are pre-approved. If a particular placement you are interested in has not already been approved, an application for approval must be submitted by the placement before enrollment.

Placement Evaluations From Former Externs

Criminal Prosecution and (Not-For-Profit) Defense

You can experience both sides of criminal law working for public defenders, legal services organizations, city prosecutors, state Attorney Generals and United States Attorneys Offices.

Many non-profit organizations are pre-approved and all government offices are approved. If you are interested in a placement that has not been approved, you must submit an application for approval before you will be enrolled.

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Intellectual Property and Information law*

Through an Intellectual Property or Information Law externship, you can gain hands-on experience in the Entertainment, Media, Fashion, Music industries.

Many non-profit placements are pre-approved.

*For-profit placements must be working with corporate in-house counsel and must be approved each semester through a Placement Application. Law firms are expressly prohibited.

Placement Evaluations From Former Externs

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

Ron Lazebnik
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, J.D. Externship Program
150 West 62nd Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6934

Fax: 212-636-6923

Email: rlazebnik@law.fordham.edu