The opportunity to gain real-world experience from an externship is available in a wide variety of legal fields. The Externship Program provides learning opportunities for students placed with local judges and lawyers in private sector and government and public interest organizations who have agreed to provide a mentored learning environment away from the law school.  All externs are supervised by a law faculty member.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION                                                                                                  

Click here to listen to a short overview of the Externship Program.
Click here to view a slide presentation.
Externship Application Deadline Date for Spring 2016 placements is Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Law Practice Externships
Students work in a nonprofit. governmental agency or organization. private sector companies and firms and participate in a seminar designed to provide an opportunity for structured reflection on the role of the lawyer. Click here for a list of Spring 2016 Law Practice Externship Opportunitites.

Click here for a listing of externship placements that provide students with the opportunity to represent clients in court.

Judicial Externships
Students work in various judicial settings and participate in a seminar designed to complement the individual work experience by providing structured reflection on many aspects of the roles of courts, judges and lawyers in society.

Click here for a list of Spring 2016 Judicial Externship Opportunitites.

Student Secured Externships  
Students may secure their own judicial, public interest or private sector externship placement with prior approval. Please contact Marie Fletcher at mfletcher@law.wne.edu or 413-782-1469 for more information. 

Please view the EXTERNSHIP HANDBOOK for an overview of the policies and procedures relevant to the Western New England University School of Law Externship Program.

Orientation: Mandatory externship orientation will be prior to the first day of classes for the Fall sesmester. Orientaiton date has not been determined.

Application: The application process to apply for a Fall 2015 placement has closed.  However, there are a few placements that have extended their application deadline date.  Please see Symplicity for more information.

Click here for a list of pre-approved Externship Placement Sites.


After January 1, 2015, candidates for admission to the New York bar must complete 50 qualifying hours of pro bono service.  You may be able to fulfill the pro bono requirement by completing a clinic or externship.  Please consult the New York Unified Court System website for more information about the New York requirement.

Questions? Contact Marie Fletcher at Tel.: 413-782-1469 or email: mfletcher@law.wne.edu.

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