A Cardozo education embodies much more than classroom learning. A wide variety of experiential learning opportunities, visiting speakers and student-run organizations allow for a rich extracurricular experience to supplement the academic coursework.
Although the LL.M. degree is primarily an academic degree, Cardozo offers a number of internship, externship and clinical opportunities to its students. Selection for all programs is competitive and limited. Not all opportunities are offered each semester.
Practical and clinical opportunities open to LL.M. students include the following:
- Alexander Fellows Program
- Divorce Mediation Clinic
- Family Court Clinic
- Holocaust Claims Restitution Practicum
- Human Rights and Genocide Clinic
- Indie Film Clinic
- Tech Start Up Clinic
- Youth Justice Clinic
Field clinics are opportunities in which students work intensively in small groups at selected nonprofit and government agencies while taking an accompanying seminar related to the placement from an experienced mentor–practitioner. Students can choose from the following field clinics:
- Consumer Rights
- Federal Criminal Prosecution - Southern District of New York
- Mainzer Family Defense - The Bronx Defenders
- New York City Law Department - Appeals Division
- New York City Law Department - Labor and Employment Division
- New York City Law Department - Juvenile Delinquency Division
- Tax Law
Each year many Cardozo students participate in the school's externship programs, working part time under the direct supervision of an experienced supervising attorney. Externs perform substantive legal work equivalent to an entry-level attorney's responsibilities. They take a co-requisite seminar taught by an expert practitioner in which they critically examine issues raised in the workplace.
Important note: Though LL.M. students may apply for Cardozo externship programs, credits earned through those externships do not count toward the 24-credit eligibility requirement for foreign students preparing to take the New York State Bar Exam.
Externship programs include: