What sorts of students participate in the CDLI externship program?
Sharp, passionate law students that enjoy the challenge of data technology and the law that governs it. Some come with technology backgrounds from before law school, others embraced it as a result of Cardozo’s tech-oriented curriculum and programs offered by CDLI. Their pre-law school experience often includes prior jobs and internships in technology-driven organizations, consultancies and law firms.
Must we pay the CDLI extern?
The decision whether to pay a CDLI extern is up to the employer. Students who are unpaid are given an opportunity to earn extra law school credits. Paid students can also earn credits. There is a lack of clarity in the law as to whether employers are required to pay externs, and we suggest that you consult with appropriate counsel.
Our organization does not have in-house counsel, can we still host a CDLI extern?
Yes, if you pay them. Because we can’t give academic credit for non-legal work if you take an intern who is not supervised by an attorney, they must be paid and will not receive academic credit.
What is the difference between the semester vs. summer program?
Spring externships become a centerpiece of a law student’s semester. Because they are concurrently attending school, these externships must be within a reasonable commute of the law school (i.e. New York City and vicinity).
The Summer externship program offers several advantages for both employers and students. First, the externships need not be in the New York City area, or even in the United States. Second, students typically work full-time, five days a week at summer externships, which allows them to be involved in fast-moving projects. Third, with the additional exposure from the longer workweek, employers have more of an opportunity to evaluate whether the extern would be a good fit for a full-time job following graduation.