Externship Guide for Students

I. Overview
II. List of Externship Programs
III. Externship Requirements
IV. Grades
V. Registration/Other Considerations
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I. Overview

One of the most important benefits of an externship program is the opportunity for students to immerse themselves into a particular office and into a particular aspect of the legal system. The educational goals for the externship program are:

  1. to train students in lawyering skills by enabling them to work alongside practicing attorneys;

  2. to give students greater understanding and insight into the workings of the legal system and profession;

  3. to increase student awareness of the professional responsibility and ethical obligations of attorneys; and

  4. to have students reflect on and learn from their work experience.

II. Seton Hall Law Externship Programs

Seton Hall Law's Externship Program provides exciting and varied opportunities in the government and not-for-profit sectors, with judges at the federal and state levels, at the European Court of Justice, at the IRS and with entertainment and media companies.  Each externship program maintains separate requirements and are supervised by individual faculty members with substantive expertise in supervising the student academic experience. The student externship experience is supervised by Director of Externship Programs, Lori Outzs Borgen.  Individual course descriptions are also available in the Externship Handbook in the Resources Section of the Symplicity System. If you are interested in externing with a not-for-profit or government organization not currently listed, please contact the Director of Externship Programs by emailing for more information on how the organization can become an externship employer. Externships may not be arranged with for-profit organizations.

A.) The following externships are supervised by individual faculty members. These externships may have requirements differing from those in section III below.  Please see individual course descriptions contained in links below, and which are also always available in the Externship Handbook in the Resources Section of the Symplicity System.


Lori Outzs Borgen
Associate Clinical Professor & Director of Externship and Pro Bono Service Programs
Email: [email protected]

Phone: (973) 642-8700
Office: Rm 120, 1st Floor CSJ
Public Interest and Government Guide for Students


Kevin B. Kelly
Professor of Law
Email: [email protected]

Phone: (973) 642-8700
Office: Rm 119
Judicial Externship Information Packet (pdf)
Judicial Externship Registration Form (online)
Judicial Externship Student Evaluation Form (pdf)


Tracy A. Kaye
Professor of Law
Email: [email protected]

Phone: (973)642-8455
Office: Rm 417
IRS Externship Information (pdf)


Brian Sheppard
Professor of Law
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 973-642-8867
Office: Rm 423 
Entertainment Externship Information (pdf)


Tracy A. Kaye
Professor of Law
Email: [email protected]

Phone: (973) 642-8455
Office: Rm 417
European Court Externship Information (pdf)

B.) Below are some representative employers with whom Seton Hall law students have been placed for externships. Students should consult the Symplicity System, for updated listings each semester.

Established Externship Programs by Seton Hall Law School

  1. American Friends Service Committee
  2. Amnesty International USA
  3. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (NY)
  4. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (NJ)
  5. Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
  6. Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
  7. Center for Seafarers' Rights
  8. Center for Social Justice/International Human Rights/Rule of Law Project
  9. Center for Social Justice/Urban Revitalization Project
  10. CentraState Healthcare System
  11. Children's Rights
  12. City of Jersey City Corporate Counsel
  13. City of Newark, Department of Law
  14. City of New York Human Resources Administration, Office of Legal Affairs
  15. Community Health Law Project
  16. Delaware Department of Justice, Attorney General's Office
  17. Eastern Environmental Law Center
  18. Education Law Center
  19. Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
  20. Essex Newark Legal Services
  21. Federal Public Defender’s Office, District of New Jersey
  22. Federal Trade Commission
  23. FINRA (NJ)
  24. FINRA (NY, NY)
  25. Hackensack University Medical Center
  26. HIV Law Project
  27. Hudson County Prosecutor's Office
  28. Human Rights First
  29. King's County District Attorney's Office
  30. Mercer County Prosecutor's Office
  31. MFY Legal Services
  32. Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office
  33. Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Organization
  34. Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney
  35. Morris County Prosecutor's Office
  36. National Labor Relations Board
  37. Newark Office of Reentry
  38. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  39. New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
  40. New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate
  41. New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
  42. New Jersey Institute of Technology
  43. New Jersey Office of Administrative Law
  44. New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Appellate Bureau
  45. New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Securities
  46. New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice, The Gangs/Organized Crime Bureau
  47. New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, The Human Trafficking Unit
  48. New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice, Major Crimes/Environmental Crimes Bureau
  49. New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law
  50. New Jersey Public Defenders, Essex County Adult
  51. New Jersey Public Defenders, Essex County Juvenile
  52. New Jersey Public Defenders, Middlesex Region
  53. New Jersey Public Defenders, Union County
  54. New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission
  55. New Jersey Senate Democrats
  56. New Jersey Senate Republican Office
  57. New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  58. New York City Health and Hospital Corporation: Office of Clinical and Health Services Research
  59. New York City Law Department
  60. New York County Defender Services
  61. New York County District Attorney's Office
  62. New York Legal Assistance Group, Domestic Violence Clinical Center
  63. New York Liquidation Bureau
  64. New York State Attorney General's Office, Auto Insurance Fraud
  65. New York State Attorney General's Office, Bureau of Consumer Frauds & Protection
  66. New York State Attorney General's Office, Litigation Bureau
  67. New York Stock Exchange
  68. Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
  69. Ocean County Prosecutor's Office
  70. Office of Attorney Ethics of the Supreme Court of New Jersey
  71. Partners for Women and Justice
  72. Queens County District Attorney’s Office
  73. Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General, Environmental Advocacy Unit
  74. Rockland County District Attorney's Office
  75. Saint Peter’s University Hospital
  76. Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women's Legal Services
  77. Securities and Exchange Commission
  78. Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
  79. St. Michael's Medical Center
  80. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
  81. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  82. The Center for Collaborative Change
  83. The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn
  84. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
  85. Union County Prosecutor's Office
  86. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  87. U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey (Newark and Trenton)
  88. U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York
  89. U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
  90. U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review - Newark Immigration Court
  91. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee
  92. U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Region 2
  93. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
  94. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6
  95. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Legal Unit
  96. U.S. Postal Service
  97. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  98. Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
  99. Warren County Prosecutor's Office

III. Externship Requirements

Students will be awarded 2 credits, Pass/D/Fail, provided the following requirements are fulfilled:

  1. Under current ABA and Law School requirements, students are fully eligible to receive academic credit for participation in an externship program after successful completion of 28 credits towards their JD program. Students who have successfully completed their first year of law school, but have not yet completed 28 credits of study, may still be eligible to receive academic credit for an externship, but this decision must be made on an individual basis by the Faculty Director. Specifically, ABA Standard 305(e)(6) requires that to receive academic credit for an externship, a student must have “successfully completed sufficient educational prerequisites or contemporaneously receive sufficient training to assure the quality of the student educational experience” in the externship program.

  2. There is no minimum cumulative GPA requirement for students enrolling for externships during the summer. However, there is a 2.33 minimum cumulative GPA requirement for students enrolling for most externships during either the Fall or Spring semesters. In some instances, a higher cumulative GPA may be required for some externships. Please refer to the Externship Guide on the Symplicity System. In addition, the number of credits that can be earned for externships has been raised from a max of 4 to a max of 8. However, please be aware that externship credits are included in the 15 credit limit for Legal Practice and Self-Directed Work credits which can be applied towards graduation requirements. Therefore, if you are interested in participating in a clinic, you should be careful not to overextend on externship credits. Also, please keep in mind for planning purposes that an externship and a clinic cannot be taken in the same semester.

  3. Students must attend 2 mandatory Externship Orientations.

  4. A minimum of 120 hours of work performed on-site at your placement. You must keep your own time records using weekly timesheets to be signed by your supervising attorney. If you are not provided one at your externship, use this timesheet.

  5. A minimum of 20 pages of written work from the field placement. Written work must reflect substantial legal analysis and be comparable to the nature of legal work produced by a first-year associate (rather than, e.g., work that a paralegal or college intern could produce just as readily and competently). This should be substantially your own work; work product that is in large part copied from others’ work product would presumptively not qualify (e.g., boilerplate interrogatories involving little in the way of tailoring to a particular case). The work product may consist of a portfolio of numerous shorter writings or one longer document. Ordinarily, substantially less than half of the work product should be in the form of case summaries or similar work product that, while legal, merely summarizes others' work, rather than involving an appreciable degree of original legal thought or application of law to new circumstances.  Appropriate work product can be in a wide variety of forms (briefs; memoranda to supervisors; letters to clients, adversaries, or a court containing legal reasoning; pleadings; transactional documents; individualized discovery requests or responses; etc.) so long as they meet the above criteria.  Note that this written work requirement is in addition to the required reflection papers.  All written work product must be redacted prior to submitting it at the end of the semester.

  6. Reflection on the externship experience will occur through a required total of 10 pages of written reflection, completed by the end of the semester. You should keep a journal or use the comments section on your weekly timesheets to record your progress. This will prove extremely useful when writing your reflection paper.  The written reflection is not intended to be merely descriptive. The reflection should encompass your thoughts about what you experienced or learned while serving as an extern; it should include your personal reactions to serving as an extern, rather than a report about your duties.  For suggested topics to cover in your paper, click here.  Note that this paper will be taken into account in assigning your grade. It is separate from your evaluation of the experience.  

  7. Timely submission and satisfactory completion of the Student Evaluation Form.

  8. You must give your supervising attorney the written Placement Supervisor Evaluation Form at the end of the externship. Your supervising attorney must send the form directly to the Externship Administrator. If you are doing the Dean Acheson Stage Program, please use this Placement Supervisor Evaluation Form.

IV. Grades

All students are graded by the Faculty Supervisor on a Pass/D/Fail basis for the 2 credit externship course. Grades will be based on 1) satisfactory completion of the externship requirements; 2) written work produced during the externship; 3) written Placement Supervisor Evaluation Form completed by the supervising attorney; 4) two 5 page written reflection papers; and 5) written student evaluation.

V. Registration/Other Considerations

  1. There is a limit of 8 credits of field placement (externship and judicial externship combined) which may be counted towards graduation.  No student may take more than two credits of field placement in the Fall or Spring semesters (summer session excluded.)  Students may not receive more than 2 academic credits for any one particular externship unless a strong case can be made to the Associate Dean about the nature of the work being entirely different (with the exception of the European Court of Justice Externship, Health Law and Entertainment Externships).

  2. There is a 15 credit limit on non-classroom courses.

  3. Students cannot participate in an externship in the same semester in which they are enrolled in a clinic.

  4. Students may not seek credit retroactively for externships completed without prior registration and without the prior approval by the Director of Externship Programs.

  5. Prior approval by the Director of Externship Programs is required for all externships. After receiving prior approval by the Director of Externship Programs, students must complete the Externship Registration Form and submit it to the Director of Externship Programs for registration (Important: Judicial Externships require a different form). Approvals and registration for externships must be completed by the end of the Drop/Add registration period for the semester for which the externship is sought.

  6. Students may not receive credit for participation in a field placement for which the student receives compensation.

Learn more about the Externship Program

For more general information or questions about the Externship Program or on particular Externship opportunities, please direct questions to the Director of Externship Programs at [email protected]





* Please be advised that students must maintain the required GPA for the particular externship throughout the semester during which the externship takes place (the minimum GPA for most externships is a  2.33 for fall and spring semesters, however, some externships require higher GPAs - please refer to the course description  for each externship on Symplicity). Thus, if a student satisfies the GPA requirement at the time he or she submits the Externship Registration Form but fails to maintain eligibility based on grades that are posted after submission of the application, he or she will be ineligible to receive credit for the externship. In light of this policy, students who are close to the GPA cut-off at the time of application should not rely on credit eligibility. Most importantly, students close to the GPA cut-off should not plan to use externship credits to establish residency or to complete the 88 credits necessary for graduation. They should, instead, enroll in a two-credit class to avoid unnecessary risk. Policies relating to the GPA requirements for externships are not subject to waiver by the Associate Dean for Curriculum, the Dean of Students, or Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Policy.