Our Students are Practice Ready Professionals. You are their Bridge to a Career in the Law.
UB Law students are hardworking and eager for real world legal experiences. You can help students achieve their goal of a successful law career by providing learning opportunities and mentorship as an externship supervisor. The employers who work with the UB Law Externship Program are overwhelmingly pleased with the dedication, competence and enthusiasm of UB Law externs.
If you are interested in hosting an extern, simply review the information below. You may post an opening on UB Law Connect, our online job board. You may contact Prof. Neha Lall or the Law Career Development Office for further assistance.
Field Placement Requirements
If you are an employer interested in hosting a UB Law extern, please review the field placement requirements and post your opportunity on UB Law Connect. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Neha Lall, Director of Externships or the Law Career Development Office.
If you extend an externship offer to a UB Law student, you will be asked via email to approve the placement on UB Law Connect.
- Orientation: Extern will receive an orientation that advises them on office procedures and confidentiality. Extern will also be given an overview of their work and expectations.
- Supervision: Extern will be assigned to a supervising attorney who will direct, monitor and mentor the student throughout their time at the placement providing multiple opportunities for performance. Supervisors are expected to meet weekly with the Extern.
- Assignments: Externs will be advised on how work is assigned, be given deadlines, and receive guidance throughout the completion of the assignment.
- Feedback: Externs will be provided with individual, detailed and timely feedback on the work they have completed. Supervisors will also review the Extern's Learning Agreement, mid- semester self-assessment, and complete a final evaluation.
- Diversity of Tasks: Extern will be given work similar to that of an entry-level attorney or a paid law clerk. This work will expose the student to a broad range of lawyering skills and administrative work will be kept to a minimum. Extern should produce at least 10 cumulative pages of original work product during the semester.
- Observation: Extern will have opportunities to observe court proceedings, meetings, and other professional activities.
- Opportunities for Reflection: Extern will meet with their supervising attorney, judge, or clerk to discuss their experiences in the placement and other relevant issues.
- Logistics: Extern will have a designated workspace/computer to complete their work or be provided with necessary authorization to work remotely from their personal computer.
- Bar Admission/Status: Supervisor must be a member of a state bar, and have been a barred attorney for at least three years.
- Billing: Billing for an unpaid Extern’s time is prohibited.
- Remote Work: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Extern will be able to work remotely if appropriate under public health guidelines and considering the student's personal circumstances.
- Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: UB Law requires that employers who wish to participate in the Externship Program not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability and that they maintain a policy against sexual harassment. By participating in the Externship Program, employers are deemed to agree with this policy.
What’s the difference between an internship and externship?
- Externships are academic courses that pair work at a field placement with a classroom component that builds professional competencies.
- Externships fulfill ABA required experiential learning requirements.
- In an Externship, the student will work with you to develop their own learning objectives and you will be responsible for providing regular supervision and feedback to help the student meet those objectives.
- An internship does not involve any academic or law school requirements.
- You do not need to distinguish between an internship or an externship when post the position. You can leave it for the student to decide if they want to pursue academic credit.
Curriculum requirements for Externship placements
- Externships must be unpaid during the semester where the student is working. You are free to hire the student for paid work after the course has concluded.
- You may not serve as an extern supervisor for a former employee or someone that you are closely related to.
- Students must produce at least 10 cumulative pages of original work product during the course of the semester.
- Students must log and track their hours, and must complete at least 130 hours in the field placement. The 130 hour minimum is mandated by the law school, but you are free to set and communicate your own hour requirements for your students.
What externship programs does UB Law offer?
- We offer our general Attorney Practice Externship year-round, which has students in a mix of placements meet together in a weekly seminar.
- We offer our Judicial Externship year-round, which has students placed in a variety of state, federal, and administrative law judge chambers. The course meets weekly to talk about issues specific to judicial decision making and is generally taught by a judge.
- We offer a Public Interest Lawyering Externship in the Fall semester, which includes students in public interest law placements. The seminar focuses on legal and social issues affecting low income and vulnerable populations, as well as lawyering competencies necessary for public interest law practices.
- We offer a Corporate Counsel Externship program in the Spring semester, where students extern with private and public sector general counsel offices. The seminar explores core lawyering and relationship skills essential for servicing an internal corporate client.
What support can UB Law provide me if I want to host a student extern?
- Our Field Placement Supervisor Manual is filled with tips, checklists, and feedback worksheets to help you support your student(s).
- Since remote offices and law practice is new to many of us, we have updated our Manual to include strategies for building meaningful connections with students in an online setting. Our Remote Work Guidelines tip sheet may also be helpful as you craft your program.
- Prof. Neha Lall, the Director of Externships will check in with you throughout the semester and will conduct a site visit, if possible.
- We are always there to support our field placement supervisors navigate any issues that may come up during the experience.
Can students work in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Due to COVID-19, remote and hybrid externships are permitted.
- Until the global health situation improves, all field placements will be required to have a plan for student remote work in case a stay-at-home order is issued again.
- If a student chooses to work in-person at a placement and it is legally permissible, in-person work is permitted as long as the employer signs this pledge.
- The MSBA Guide to Reopening provides practical tips for ensuring a safer work place. We strongly encourage all field placements to follow public health guidance to protect the safety of student externs.
- Discuss whether work will be in-person or remote when you are interviewing. Make sure that you and the field placement supervisor have a mutual understanding of what will be required of you and what limitations the pandemic pose on your time or ability to work in-person.
- Remote work skills are essential for all new lawyers in a post-COVID 19 world. A remote externship is an excellent opportunity to help students learn and build these competencies.