Course Listings by Area of Practice

(Updated for Fall 2019)

Externships provide you with the opportunity to apply your doctrinal knowledge and skills in actual practice settings.  In order to make it easier for you to choose an Externship based on your interests and/or coursework concentration, we have grouped the Externships by area of law. Please note that many externships and/or agencies have multiple areas of law.

An information packet containing in-depth informatin about each Externship can be found on the Externship and Judicial Externship page. Review the entire list and carefully read the descriptions before making your choices.

To apply for an Externship, please submit your applicaton online.

This listing can change as opportunities become available. Please contact law-externship@buffalo.edu if you have any questions.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

U.S. District Court of WDNY - ADR Program

Athletics/Sports Law

Daemen College - College and University Athletic Regulations

UB – Collegiate Athletic Policy Formulation & Administration

Attorney for the Child

Children’s Legal Center

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

Legal Aid Society of Rochester

Business Law

Western New York Law Center – Small Business Legal Clinic

Civil Legal Services

Center for Elder Law & Justice

  • Consumer Protection
  • Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Guardianship Services
  • Health Care Advocacy
  • Kinship Care Legal Services
  • Long Term Care Resident Advocacy
  • MedLaw Partnership of WNY
  • Surrogate’s Court Help Desk

Empire Justice Center

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

  • Civil Unit
  • Coordinated Refugee Asylee Legal Services Project

Neighborhood Legal Services

  • Healthy Homes Externship
  • Public Benefits Unit Externship

NYS Attorney General Buffalo & Rochester Regional Office

Prisoners Legal Services of New York

Volunteer Lawyers Project

  • Attorney of the Morning at City Court - Landlord-Tenant issues
  • Family Court Help Desk (Erie County, Monday – Friday;

Niagara County, Wednesday)

  • “Say Yes!” limited scope legal services in the Buffalo Public Schools
  • Unemployment
  • Working with Positive Families and Individuals – health related planning

U.S. Attorney’s Office - Buffalo & Rochester Offices

Civil Judicial placements (3Ls only)

NYS Court of Appeals (Buffalo)

NYS Supreme Court (Buffalo/Erie Co., Lockport/Niagara Co., and Rochester/Monroe Co.)

NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department (Buffalo)

US District Court, WDNY (Buffalo and Rochester)

Corporate/Business & Transactional

Entrepreneurial Law Center Externship

Consumer/Debtor-Creditor Law

Center for Elder Law & Justice – Consumer Protection

Western New York Law Center – Consumer Debt issues

Corporate/Debtor-Creditor Judicial law placement (3Ls only)

NYS Supreme Court Commercial Division (Buffalo/Erie County)

US Bankruptcy Court, WDNY

Criminal Law

Assigned Counsel Program

Buffalo City Court Judges (3Ls only)

  • Domestic Violence Court
  • Drug Treatment Court
  • Mental Health Court
  • Veteran’s Treatment Court

Erie County District Attorney’s Office

  • Appellate Bureau
  • Domestic Violence Bureau
  • Trials Bureau

Legal Bureau of Buffalo

  • Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit
  • Criminal Defense (City Court)

Monroe County District Attorney’s Office

  • General
  • Special Victim’s Unit

Monroe County Public Defender

Niagara County District Attorney

Niagara County Public Defender

NYS Inspector General

U.S. Attorney’s Office - Buffalo & Rochester Offices

Criminal Law Judicial placements (3Ls only)

Buffalo City Court

NYS Court of Appeals (Buffalo)

NYS Supreme Court (Buffalo/Erie Co., Lockport/Niagara Co., and Rochester/Monroe Co.)

NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department (Buffalo)

U.S. District Court Judges & Magistrate Judges, WDNY (Buffalo and Rochester)

Education Law

Buffalo Board of Education - Office of General Counsel

SUNY Office of University Counsel - Higher Education and Health Law

Volunteer Lawyers Project-“Say Yes!” limited scope legal services in the Buffalo Public Schools

Environmental

NYS Attorney General’s Office - Environmental Protection Bureau

Family Law (see also Attorney for the Child above)

Assigned Counsel Program

Center for Elder Law & Justice

  • Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Guardianship Services
  • Kinship Care Legal Services
  • Long Term Care Resident Advocacy
  • Surrogate’s Court Help Desk

Volunteer Lawyers Project

  • Family Court Help desk (Erie County and Niagara County)
  • Working with Positive Families and Individuals – health related planning

Family Law Judicial Placements (3Ls only)

Erie County Family Court

Erie County Surrogate’s Court

NYS Supreme Court Expedited Matrimonial Part (Buffalo/Erie County)

Health Law

Center for Elder Law & Justice

  • Elder Abuse Prevention
  • Guardianship Services
  • Health Care Advocacy
  • Long Term Care Resident Advocacy
  • MedLaw Partnership of WNY

SUNY Office of University Counsel - Higher Education and Health Law

Housing Law

Center for Elder Law & Justice – Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention

Neighborhood Legal Services – Healthy Homes

Volunteer Lawyers Project - Attorney of the Morning at City Court - Landlord-Tenant issues

Immigration and Asylum law

Journey’s End Refugee Services

Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo - Coordinated Refugee Asylee Legal Services Project

Legal Aid Society of Rochester – Immigration Unit

U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review

  • Buffalo Immigration Court
  • Batavia Immigration Court (Buffalo Federal Detention Facility)
  • This placement can be either an externship (2Ls or 3Ls); or a judicial externship (3Ls)

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

Volunteer Lawyers Project – Immigration (Buffalo and Batavia)

Immigration and Asylum law judicial placements (3Ls only)

U.S. District Court, WDNY (Buffalo and Rochester)

U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review

  • Buffalo Immigration Court
  • Batavia Immigration Court (Buffalo Federal Detention Facility)

Intellectual Property law

UB Technology Transfer – Contracts & Patents

SUNY Research Foundation – Contracts & Patents

Judicial (3Ls only) – intensive or regular

Buffalo City Court

Erie County Family Court

Erie County Surrogate’s Court

NYS Court of Appeals (Buffalo)

NYS Supreme Court (Buffalo/Erie Co., Lockport/Niagara Co., and Rochester/Monroe Co.)

NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department (Buffalo)

NYS Supreme Court Commercial Division (Buffalo/Erie County)

NYS Supreme Court Expedited Matrimonial Part (Buffalo/Erie County)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WDNY

U.S. District Court, WDNY (Buffalo and Rochester)

U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review – Immigration Court (Buffalo and Batavia)

Labor and Employment Law

Buffalo Board of Education – Office of General Counsel

Erie County Labor Relations

Kaleida Health

NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) Legal Department – Western NY

National Labor Relations Board (Buffalo)

Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) - Administrative Law Judge

  • This placement can be either an externship (2Ls or 3Ls); or a judicial externship (3Ls)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Volunteer Lawyers Project - Unemployment

Law Research

Law Library

Legislative

NYS Assembly

Municipal Law – contracts, zoning, some labor & employment

City of Buffalo Law Department

Erie County Attorney

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA)

NYS Liquor Authority

Town of Wheatfield Town Attorney (Niagara County)

Tax Law

Taxpayer Advocate Service

Volunteer Lawyers Project – Low Income Taxpayer Clinic