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Externships

Columbia Law School offers a diverse array of experiential learning opportunities. Each semester, students can choose from over 20 externships in which they will help real clients solve legal problems.


 

Students work 10 to 15 hours each week at their externship site under close supervision. The fieldwork is supported by a rigorous seminar tailored to the substantive law and practice and professional skills they will encounter in their work. The seminar provides an opportunity for students to reflect together on their experience and integrate the practical and theoretical learning. Law School graduates regularly identify these experiences as essential to their professional success.

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Information Sessions: 

Date

Experiential Courses

Judicial Externships

Federal Appellate Court; Federal Court Clerk: SDNY; Federal Court Clerk: EDNY

Recording of the event

Government Agencies/NGOs Externships

NYAG's Antitrust (Spring Only); Civil Litigation: Employment; Representing NYC; Environmental Practice; Office of the NYS AG: Social Justice

Recording of the event

Criminal Defense 

Community Advocacy Lab*, Criminal Justice, Criminal Appeals, Bronx Defenders
*Not offered Fall '22

Recording of the event

Criminal Prosecution Externships

Federal Prosecution: US Attorney’s Office EDNY; Federal Prosecution: District of New Jersey; Criminal Prosecution: Manhattan/Brooklyn DA’s Office

Recording of the event

Arts, Science, First Amendment 

Science, Health and Information Clinic; Arts and Entertainment Law; Knight First Amendment Institute; Practicing the Law of Music (Spring Only)

Recording of the event 

United Nations

Recording of the event

Transactional

Harlem Economic Justice; Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning (Spring Only); In-House Counsel

Recording of the event

Family, Immigration and Community Lawyering

Structural Change in Public Education Policy and Social Change Lab; Lawyer Leadership; Immigrant Youth Advocacy (Spring Only); Sanctuary for Families

Recording of the event

 

JD Supervised Experiential Study (L6695) Memo

FALL EXTERNSHIPS

SPRING EXTERNSHIPS

Arts/IP

  • Arts and Entertainment Law


     

Arts/IP

  • Arts and Entertainment Law
  • Practice of Law of Music

Civil Litigation

  • Environmental Practice
  • Harlem Economic Justice
  • Housing Justice: The Right to Counsel in Housing Court
  • N.Y. Attorney General's Office Employment Law and Civil Litigation Skills (year long)
  • N.Y. Attorney General's Office Social and Environmental Justice
  • NY State AG Office Economics Law Enforcement

Civil Litigation

  • Harlem Economic Justice
  • Housing Justice: The Right to Counsel in Housing Court
  • N.Y. Attorney General's Office Employment Law and Civil Litigation Skills (year long)
  • NY Sate AG Office Economics Law Enforcement: Antitrust
  • Representing New York City:  NYC Law Department
  • Sanctuaries for Families

Community-Based Lawyering and Social Change

  • Harlem Economic Justice
  • Housing Justice: The Right to Counsel in Housing Court
  • Law, Power and Social Change
  • NAACP Racial Justice*

Community-Based Lawyering and Social Change

  • Harlem Economic Justice
  • Housing Justice: The Right to Counsel in Housing Court
  • Law, Power and Social Change
  • Sanctuary for Families: Civil Needs of Domestic Violence Survivors

Constitutional and Affirmative Litigation

  • Constitutional Rights in Life and Death Penalty Cases
  • The Knight First Amendment Institute
  • NAACP Racial Justice*

 

Constitutional and Affirmative Litigation

  • The Knight First Amendment Institute
  • Representing N.Y.C. - N.Y.C. Law Department

 

Criminal Defense

  • Bronx Defenders on Holistic Defense
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Community Defense

 

Criminal Defense

  • Bronx Defenders on Holistic Defense
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Community Defense

 

Criminal Prosecution

  • Criminal Prosecution:  Manhattan/Bkln DA
  • Domestic Violence Prosecution (Queen’s DA)
  • Federal Prosecution:  US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey
  • Federal Prosecution:  US Attorney’s Office for the SDNY

Criminal Prosecution

  • Criminal Prosecution:  Manhattan/Bkln DA
  • Federal Prosecution:  US Attorney’s Office for the EDNY



     

 

Economic Justice

  • Harlem Economic Justice
  • Housing Justice: The Right to Counsel in Housing Court
  • NY State AG Office Financial Enforcement and Economic Justice

Economic Justice

  • Harlem Economic Justice
  • Housing Justice: The Right to Counsel in Housing Court
  • NY Sate AG Office Law Enforcement: Antitrust

Externship on the Federal Government

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Externship on the Federal Government

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Family and Immigration Defense

  • Immigration Defense



     

Family and Immigration Defense

  • Immigrant Youth Advocacy
  • Sanctuaries for Families: Civil Needs of Domestic Violence Survivors

Judicial

  • Federal Appellate Court
  • Federal Court Clerk EDNY
  • Federal Court Clerk SDNY

Judicial

  • Federal Appellate Court
  • Federal Court Clerk EDNY
  • Federal Court Clerk SDNY

Non-Litigation or Transactional

  • Arts and Entertainment Law
  • In-House Counsel:  General Corporations, Nonprofits, and Start Ups
  • United Nations


     

Non-Litigation or Transactional

  • Arts and Entertainment Law
  • In-House Counsel:  General Corporations, Nonprofits, and Start Ups
  • United Nations
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estate Planning

 

* not being offered Fall 22          

Contact Externships

Liliana Vaamonde

Director of Externships and Field-Based Learning