Externships and Judicial Clerkships provide law students with
unique legal and public service experience as they work in a
variety of government and non-profit organizations.
The University at Buffalo School of Law offers more than fifty externships and judicial clerkships to students each semester for academic credit. These externships provide enriching opportunities for law students to directly observe the real world practice of law.
Second and third year law students can apply to work with practicing attorneys in various government and non-profit agencies where they provide legal work, deal with clients, and observe real attorneys in every aspect of practice. Examples of various placements include the U.S. Attorney’s office, Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Journey’s End Refugee Services, the District Attorney’s Office and scholastic departments. Alternatively, third-year students can clerk for one of our many state and federal court judges locally.
The externship program teaches real legal skills and provides law students the opportunity to begin creating their professional network and develop their careers well in advance of graduation.
In addition, law students can fulfill the New York State bar pro
bono requirements by completing an externship.
“There is never a boring day. There is hardly ever a boring case! You leave court each day with amazing perspective and the ability to be grateful.” - Third-year student completing their judicial clerkship
“My externship helped me to further develop my professional skills and to build my professional network. I had the opportunity to work with several excellent attorneys and do real meaningful work.” - Extern for the NYS Attorney General’s office