• A student must successfully complete 28 hours of law studies before enrollment in an externship.

  • A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship.

  • A student may receive credit for three externships for a maximum of nine credits during law school. Students must enroll in the externship seminar concurrently with their first externship placement. A student will receive one credit for the externship seminar.

  • No professor will issue a grade unless all course requirements are met and the student completes an externship evaluation form. All externships are graded on a pass/fail basis.

  • A student may not receive compensation for their externship.

  • Externs cannot hold legal employment while participating in a judicial externship.  An extern can hold a non-legal job, but cannot work for a law firm or do any paid or unpaid work that in any way involves the law.

  • A student shall not apply for an externship if, as a result, the student is placed in a conflict of interest, even if the conflict is only apparent. Such a conflict of interest exists in the following situations:                    

                1. Simultaneous work for a public defender’s or prosecutor’s office and a Judicial Externship in the same court system 
                    (e.g., work in a prosecutor’s office in Hartford and a Judicial Externship in a Connecticut State Court).

 2. Involvement in a case pending before a court and a Judicial Externship in that Court.

 3. Such other simultaneous enrollments as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may determine constitutes a conflict.

  • Externs may not be directly supervised by a close family member (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse, and spouse’s parents, children, and siblings).  Students externing in office where a family member (including extended family) works must obtain the permission of the Director(s) of Experiential Learning prior to registering for the externship.

  • Students who have already enrolled in an externship must, before applying for a subsequent externship, certify that 1) they have successfully completed any prior externship and 2) any prior externship supervisors have indicated in the final evaluation or other written form that the supervisor would recommend the student for another externship placement.  

  • 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 an externship 30 days prior to the start of the semester shall receive a “W” on their transcript.


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.




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