First Summer, First Practical Experience
At UB, opportunities for practical experience start early and are woven throughout your education. UB's Experience in Legal Organizations (EXPLOR) program places you in a legal setting during the summer after your first year of law school. For more than 25 years, EXPLOR students have worked in government agencies, judges' chambers, law firms and public-interest and nonprofit organizations, where they gain valuable legal experience. Flexible hours allow you to work and attend summer classes, if you wish.
Work with Actual Clients
We're serious about preparing practice-ready attorneys. During your legal education at UB, you are required to complete 6 experiential learning credits, which allow you to gain experience while earning your law degree. You must earn 3 of those credits from work in a clinic or an externship, helping real clients with real legal issues. Learn more about UB's clinical law program. The other 3 credits may also come from work in a clinic or from certain externships, workshops or simulation courses.
Externships are supervised by a licensed attorney or judge in the workplace and are combined with a classroom component. The class allows you to discuss your experiences and observations with your classmates. UB offers attorney, judicial and corporate-counsel externship programs.
Hands-on learning is central to the UB School of Law's curriculum. We seek to ensure that each graduate is ready to make a smooth and successful transition from law student to law practitioner.
Gain Additional Legal Experience
UB School of Law students are ambitious. Often, they seek practical experiences beyond externships or clinics. Some of our day students work part-time while carrying a full course load; class schedules allow you to work up to two full days per week. We want you to gain as much legal experience as possible while you're in law school, and to work with organizations that are meaningful to you. In fact, as your legal education progresses, you can combine day and evening classes to create a customized law school experience that matches your specific goals and ambitions.
"My most valuable experience at UB has been externing at Human Rights First in Washington, D.C. I was born to refugees who came to America seeking a better life for themselves and their children. I am looking forward to making my mark on the world with the help of my legal education." — Naseam Jabberi, Class of 2021
While at UB, Naseam has been a staff editor for the UB Law Forum, vice president for the International Law Society, chair of the Student Bar Association Diversity Council, and secretary for the Asian Pacific Law Students Association.
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