Law Practice Externships 

 Students work in a nonprofit or governmental agency or organization, or law firm for 12 hours a week 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.

Click here for list of law practice externship sites accepting applications for Spring 2016 placements through Symplicity.


Law Practice Externships are open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies.

of Externships: 

Externship Seminar that meets for a total of fourteen hours over the course of the semester. Seminar assignments  and reading provide an opportunity for structured reflection on the role of the lawyer. Students are required to complete a conflicts form and a learning agenda, maintain a weekly journal, submit weekly time sheets and complete a research assignment. 
Semesters Offered: Fall and Spring

Faculty Supervised Field Placement where students must secure a full-time faculty member to supervise their externship placement. Student is required to meet with a faculty supervisor at least every other week. Students are required to complete a conflicts form and a learning agenda, maintain a weekly journal, and submit weekly time sheets.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer




Application is made each semester for placements the following semester. Externship Application Period for Spring 2016 placements will take place in October, 2015. Apply through Symplicity, Career Services' on-line recruitment system.   

Restricted Withdrawal

Externships are Restricted Withdrawal courses. Externship employers rely on commitments made by students, once a student affirmatively accepts an externship, the student is committed to participate in that externship. 

A student who withdraws from this clinic course 30 days prior to the start of the semester shall receive a “W” on their transcript.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION                                                                                                  

Click here to listen to a short overview of the Externship Program.
Click here to view a slide presentation.

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.

Students Certified Under Rule 3:03: Please note that placements requiring students to be 3:03 certified have additional eligibility requirements. Additionally, please note that an amendment is sent to the S.J.C. upon completion of an externship placement and 3:03 certification is withdrawn at that time. Contact Marie Fletcher to request 3:03 Certification or for more information.

Sampling of Law Practice Externship Sites

Berkshire County District Attorney's Office (Pittsfield, MA)
City of Springfield Law Department (Springfield, MA)
Committee For Public Counsel Services (Springfield, MA)
Committee For Public Counsel Services - Public Defender Division (Northampton, MA)
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (Hartford, CT)
Connecticut Department of Public Health (Hartford, CT)
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (Hartford, CT)
Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation (Wilbraham, MA)
Hampden Probate and Family Court (Springfield, MA)
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office (Springfield, MA)
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (Springfield, MA)
Massachusetts Department of Social Services Legal Department (Springfield, MA)
Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (Holyoke, MA)
Northwestern County District Attorney’s Office (Northampton, MA)
Office of the State's Attorney (Meriden, CT)
Safe Passage (Northampton, MA)
U.S. Attorney's Office (Springfield, MA)
U.S. Postal Service (Windsor, CT)



Beth Cohen
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director, Legal Research and Writing Program
Professor of Law

Dean Cohen has taught at Western New England University School of Law since 1990. Prior to teaching at Western New England University, she taught Legal Practice Skills at Suffolk University Law School,
where as a student she served on their Law Review. In addition, she has also earned a Diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School.
She has served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor of the United States District Court in Springfield, MA, and was an Associate at a small general practice law firm in Boston.


Questions? Contact Marie Fletcher, Clinical Programs Administrator, at Tel.: 413-782-1469 or email:


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