Miami Law Externship Program

Miami Law Externship Program - General Overview for Employers

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Our Externship Program provides second-year (2L), third-year (3L) and domestic LL.M. students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience by working with local, national, and international corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations and the judiciary for academic credit. Students gain practical legal experience by working under the supervision of lawyers, which is supplemented and enhanced by a corresponding academic course.

Requirements for Organizations to Qualify for a Placement

  • Placement needs to provide the student with substantive legal experience;
  • An on-site supervising attorney, who directly supervises and provides feedback in connection to the student's work is required;
  • Please note that law firms, of any size, including solo practitioners, do not qualify as an externship placement for the Externship Program.
  • Compensation from externship employers is not allowed, including stipends or fellowships, since students receive academic credit for their work at the field placements.

Requirements for Students to Qualify for a Placement

In order for a student to participate in and receive academic credit for his/her participation in the Externship Program, the student must:

  • Be an enrolled student at Miami Law, in good academic standing;
  • Submit a fully executed Student-Agency Agreement for an approved placement;
  • Complete the work hours required for his/her elected credit amount;
  • Complete the Externship Program Course;
  • Maintain a time log and submit a complete Time Certification Form at the end of the externship term, verifying that he/she completed the required work hours;
  • Not repeat a prior externship placement for academic credit;
  • Adhere to the 9-credit cap for the number of academic credits a student may earn through externship placements that may be applied towards meeting a student's graduation requirements in accordance with the Miami Law Registrar Office's JD Degree Requirements Self-Audit Form.

All externship placements are subject to the approval of the Miami Law Externship Program Committee.

For More Information

If you are interested in participating in the Externship Program, please contact Sajani Desai of the Career Development Office at sdesai@law.miami.edu.

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IMPORTANT EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION

Spring 2015 Session of the Externship Program

Quick links:

A student who secured his/her own legal internship and would like to submit it for approval will be required to follow the steps on the CDO Fact Sheet (due on or before Wednesday, January 7, 2015)

Spring 2015 Student-Agency Agreement (due on or before Monday, January 19, 2015) * Please note that the deadline date was revised to reflect an update to the spring 2015 academic calendar.

Quick points for the Spring 2015 Externship Program:

To earn 3 credits, a student must work at least 120 hours at an approved externship placement and complete the Externship Program Course.

To earn 6 credits, a student must work at least 240 hours at an approved externship placement and complete the Externship Program Course.

The Externship Program is an academic program. In addition to completing the work hour requirements at an approved externship placement, a student will be required to attend the academic course attached to this program. Based on a student’s placement, he/she will be assigned to an externship section. Students will be notified at the time of enrollment of his/her assigned section.

  • Law873 - Transactional-Based Externships will meet on Thursdays from 7:30 pm to 8:20 pm on the Miami Law campus.
  • Law881 - Litigation/Policy-Based Externships will meet on Mondays from 5:30 pm to 6:20 pm on the Miami Law campus.
  • Law845 - Judicial-Based Externships will meet on biweekly Fridays from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm at the Wilkie D. Ferguson Federal Courthouse.

For information about the academic courses, please contact Professor Jennifer Zawid at jzawid@law.miami.edu.

Policies attached to the Externship Program:

  • A student must be in good academic standing to participate in the Externship Program.
  • A student cannot repeat a prior externship placement for academic credit.
  • There is a 9-credit cap on the number of academic credits a student may earn through externship placements that may be used to meet his/her graduation requirements in accordance with the UM Law Registrar Office's JD Degree Requirements Self-Audit Form.