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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.


Public Interest and Government Externships

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


Denis F. McLaughlin
Professor of Law
Email: [email protected]

Phone: (973) 642-8824
Office: Rm 419
Judicial Externship Guide for Students (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.

Seton Hall University School of Law has established Externship Programs with:

American Friends Service Committee

Amnesty International USA

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (NY)

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (NJ)

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Center for Seafarers' Rights

Center for Social Justice/International Human Rights/Rule of Law Project

Center for Social Justice/Urban Revitalization Project

CentraState Healthcare System

Children's Rights

City of Jersey City Corporate Counsel

City of Newark, Department of Law

City of New York Human Resources Administration, Office of Legal Affairs

Community Health Law Project

Delaware Department of Justice, Attorney General's Office

Eastern Environmental Law Center

Education Law Center

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office

Essex Newark Legal Services

Federal Public Defender’s Office, District of New Jersey

Federal Trade Commission



Hackensack University Medical Center

HIV Law Project

Hudson County Prosecutor's Office

Human Rights First

King's County District Attorney's Office

Mercer County Prosecutor's Office

MFY Legal Services

Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office

Monmouth Ocean Hospital Service Organization

Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney

Morris County Prosecutor's Office

National Labor Relations Board

Newark Office of Reentry

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Office of Administrative Law

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Appellate Bureau

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Securities

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice, The Gangs/Organized Crime Bureau

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, The Human Trafficking Unit

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice, Major Crimes/Environmental Crimes Bureau

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law


New Jersey Public Defenders, Essex County Adult

New Jersey Public Defenders, Essex County Juvenile

New Jersey Public Defenders, Middlesex Region

New Jersey Public Defenders, Union County

New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission

New Jersey Senate Democrats

New Jersey Senate Republican Office

New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

New York City Health and Hospital Corporation: Office of Clinical and Health Services Research

New York City Law Department

New York County Defender Services

New York County District Attorney's Office

New York Legal Assistance Group, Domestic Violence Clinical Center

New York Liquidation Bureau

New York State Attorney General's Office, Auto Insurance Fraud

New York State Attorney General's Office, Bureau of Consumer Frauds & Protection

New York State Attorney General's Office, Litigation Bureau

New York Stock Exchange

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

Office of Attorney Ethics of the Supreme Court of New Jersey

Partners for Women and Justice

Queens County District Attorney’s Office

Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General, Environmental Advocacy Unit

Rockland County District Attorney's Office

Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women's Legal Services

Securities and Exchange Commission

Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

St. Michael's Medical Center

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Center for Collaborative Change

The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Union County Prosecutor's Office

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey (Newark and Trenton)

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York

U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review - Newark Immigration Court

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Region 2

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Legal Unit

U.S. Postal Service

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

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 150 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.

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.