Students gain invaluable real-world experience when they participate in one of Cardozo’s externship programs. Credit is awarded for working in the public sector for a judge, nonprofit organization or government agency, or for working in the private sector at an in-house counsel office or law firm focused on intellectual property. Students work under the direct supervision of an attorney for a semester and take a co-requisite seminar taught by an experienced practitioner in the field.
PUBLIC SECTOR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Students extern in one of the hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the New York area, working with underrepresented groups such as the elderly, the homeless, immigrants and juveniles; in the chambers of a federal or state judge; or in one of many government agencies such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Assembly, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor or the New York City Human Resources Administration.
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. Externships reflect such diverse corporate settings as Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Bank of China, Michael Kors and CBS Corp.
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 firm context, at the elbow of seasoned mentors. They perform such tasks as attending and preparing for closings and client meetings, interacting with real estate teams, preparing closing books and working on various documents/agreements, conducting legal research and writing, and participating in negotiations and site visits.
PRIVATE SECTOR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Students get hands-on legal experience working at a small to mid-sized law firm under the close supervision of a skilled licensed attorney. Students learn about small and mid-sized law firm culture and dynamics while gaining exposure to diverse practice areas.