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Externships

Western New England offers the opportunity to gain real-world experience from an externship in a wide variety of legal fields. The Externship Program provides learning opportunities for students placed with judges and lawyers who have agreed to provide a mentored learning environment away from the law school.  All externs are supervised by a law faculty member.

Clinic and Externship Info Session

Monday, February 10, 2020, Law Common, Noon to 1 PM

Employer Fair

Thursday, February 13, 2020, Law Common, Noon to 1 PM
Meet with participating externship employers and learn about their organizations and openings available for summer and fall semesters.

Experiential Learning Advising Week

February 10-14

We recommend that students applying for a clinic or externship attend an advising session to guide you through the process of determining what type of placement will help you achieve your career and academic goals.

Sign up for a 15 minute advising session with clinic faculty by adding the course titled "Clinic and Externship Advising Sessions" on TWEN.

 Currently taking applications for fall 2020 externship placements.  Apply on Symplicity.

Externship Application deadline date is Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Types of Externship Placements

  • Law Practice

    Students work in a nonprofit organization, governmental agency, or private sector law firm engaging in a variety of lawyering tasks under the supervision of an attorney. The emphasis of the placement is for students to acquire a range of lawyering skills with a particular focus on professionalism, ethics, and public interest lawyering.

  • Judicial

    Students work in judicial chambers on legal research memos and judicial opinions under the supervision of judges and their postgraduate or permanent law clerks.  Externs also have the opportunity to observe court proceedings.

  • Student Secured

    Students may secure their own judicial, public interest, or private sector externship placement. However, students seeking approval to add a new externship site must obtain preliminary approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean for Clinics prior to submitting formal site approval paperwork. Students seeking approval of a student secured externship must provide information that demonstrates a good reason why they cannot obtain a similar experience at one of the approved sites, including expanding geographic, practice, or substantive areas.

    Sufficient lead time (a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester) must be given to complete the approval process. The approval process will include a consultation with the proposed supervisor, an assessment of the substance of the proposed work, and a written agreement with the supervisor regarding the expectations and requirements for on-site supervision and mentoring.

Additional Information

Approved Externship Sites