Externships - Bringing the Law to Life
The UBalt Law Externship Program engages students in real life experiences with practicing lawyers and judges. In addition to their work in the field, students participate in a course component where they develop professionalism skills necessary to becoming self-directed learners. Through the program, students can explore a particular area of practice and observe different lawyering styles and techniques. Externships promote the development of key competencies such as legal analysis, research and writing, interviewing and counseling, negotiation, policy-making and advocacy.
The UBalt Law Externship Program has special program requirements. Students will focus on identifying specific learning goals and the importance of learning from observation and reflection. Participation in the externship program involves working while taking an externship course.
Public Interest Lawyering Externship (Fall and Spring)
Corporate Counsel Externship (Spring only)
Judicial Externships (Fall and Spring)
Advanced Externship (year-round)
JD students may participate in the UBalt Law Externship Program if they have completed 28 credits (generally the entire 1L curriculum)
Tax LLM Program students may participate in an externship with advance permission of the faculty advisor to the LLM program.
Securing a Position
Students should start looking at least two months in advance of the semester in which they would like extern. Students may identify an organization on their own and then submit it for approval to the Director of Externships after they have secured an offer.
For the Corporate Counsel and Public Interest Lawyering programs, the Externship Program may direct students to available placements.
Students interested in exploring externship options should schedule an advising appointment on UB Law Connect with a career counselor at the Law Career Development Office or Prof. Neha Lall, the Director of Externships.
Externship Curriculum Rules
Field placements at which a close relative (by blood, adoption, or marriage) works are presumptively inappropriate for an externship placement.
No student may repeat the same externship course, including the Advanced Externship course
Externship credits are capped at 9 credits (3 separate externships)
Students may only do two externships at the same placement
Externship are considered non-classroom credits, which are capped at 12 total. Other non-classroom credit activities include moot court, journals and fellows.
Externships may be paid or unpaid. Special application rules apply to paid externships.