Cardozo’s externship program offers exciting experiential learning opportunities for students to do substantive legal work in the field while taking a co-requisite seminar to enhance the learning process. Students immerse themselves in the skills, doctrine and ethics of real-world practice while developing meaningful professional relationships.
Meet Our Director of Externships & Field Clinics
As Director of Externships & Field Clinics at Cardozo Law School, Robbi Smith oversees one of the largest field placement programs in the country and teaches an Advanced Legal Externship Seminar.
Cardozo students gain invaluable practical experience when they participate in one of the five externship programs offered every year. Credit is awarded for work performed in the public sector for a judge, nonprofit organization, or government agency, as well as for work performed in the private sector for in-house counsel at a corporation or for an intellectual property, real estate, or general practice law firm. Students work under the direct supervision of an attorney for a semester while taking a corresponding seminar taught by an experienced practitioner in the field.
PUBLIC SECTOR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Students gain public sector experience working in a judge’s chambers, government agency, or nonprofit organization while contributing to the community and developing lawyering skills. Potential public sector externships include hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the New York area working with underrepresented groups, as well as placements in the chambers of federal and state judges or in one of many government agencies.
HEYMAN-ACCA IN-HOUSE COUNSEL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Students are introduced to the practice of law in a corporate law department, working under the supervision of in-house attorneys. They gain insight into the intersection of business and law. These externships reflect diverse corporate settings where students learn the structure of the corporation and how to identify legal issues within a corporate environment.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Students gain experience in the practice of intellectual property law in a law firm setting by working with industry attorneys on substantive legal issues in areas of trademark, copyright and patent prosecution.
REAL ESTATE EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Students work in real estate law in the private sector, at the elbow of seasoned mentors. They perform such tasks as attending and preparing for closings and client meetings, working on various agreements, conducting legal research and writing, as well as participating in negotiations and site visits.
PRIVATE SECTOR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Students get hands-on legal experience working at a small to mid-size law firm under the close supervision of a skilled licensed attorney. Students learn about law firm culture and dynamics while gaining exposure to diverse practice areas.
THE FAME CENTER
The close association between the FAME Center and leading industry practitioners gives students access to extraordinary externship opportunities for practical training. Students have held externships at over 40 top organizations, listed here.