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Externships & Judicial Clerkships

Interns taking in the view from the bench at the 3rd Us Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

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.

SUNY Buffalo 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. 

For more information on the externship program please contact our Director, Lisa A. Bauer.