Externship Guide for Students

I. Overview
II. Externship Programs
III. Externship Requirements
IV. Grades
V. Registration/Other Considerations
Note:
All forms are available on-line at the Forms Center


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. 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 Externships, Kathryn Quaglia.  Individual course descriptions are also available in the Externship Handbook in the Resources Section of the Symplicity System.

If you are interested in externing, the Office of Career Services has a list of representative employers with whom Seton Hall law students have been placed. Students should consult the Simplicity System for updated listings each semester. If you are interested in externing with a not-for-profit or government organization not currently listed, please contact the Director of Externships by emailing for more information on how the organization can become an externship employer.

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

Kathryn Quaglia
Assistant Professor of Legal Practice & Director of Externships
Email: [email protected]

Phone: (973) 642-8839
Office: Rm 508
Public Interest and Government Guide for Students

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP

Kathryn Quaglia
Assistant Professor of Legal Practice & Director of Externships
Email: [email protected]

Phone: (973) 642-8839
Office: Rm 508
Judicial Externship Information Packet (pdf)
Judicial Externship Registration Form (online)
Judicial Externship Student Evaluation Form (pdf)

ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS LAW EXTERNSHIP

Kathryn Quaglia
Assistant Professor of Legal Practice & Director of Externships
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 973-642-8839
Office: Rm 508

Devon Corneal
Assistant Dean for Gaming, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports Law
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 973-642-8721
Office: Rm 302
Entertainment Externship Information (pdf)

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE EXTERNSHIP

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

Phone: (973)642-8455
Office: Rm 407
IRS Externship Information (pdf)

EUROPEAN COURT EXTERNSHIP

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

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

III. Externship Requirements

Students will be awarded 2 credits, Credit/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.

  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. All students must attend a mandatory Externship Orientation and three additional classes during the semester.

  4. A minimum of 120 hours of work performed at your placement for a 2-credit externship and 60 hours for a 1-credit externship. 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. Judicial externs must complete a mininum of 25 pages of written work from the field placement for a 2-credit externship and 15 pages for a 1-credit externship. All other externs must complete a minimum of 20 pages of written work from the field placement for a 2-credit externship and 10 pages for a 1-credit externship. Written work must reflect substantial legal analysis and be comparable to the nature of legal work produced by a first-year associate (rather than, for example, 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 6-8 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 papers. The written reflections are not intended to be merely descriptive. The reflections should encompass your thoughts about what you experienced or learned while serving as an extern; they 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. If you are a judicial extern, you will be provided a different evaluation form during your externahip class orientation.

  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 a judicial extern, you will be provided a different evaluation form during your externship class orientation. 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 Credit/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 written reflection papers (one for judicial externs); 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 Director of Externships about the nature of the work being entirely different.

  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.

  5. Prior approval by the Director of Externships is required for all externships. Students must first complete the Externship Registration Form and submit it to the Director of Externships for approval and registration. Generally, approvals and registration for externships must be completed before the first week of 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 Externships 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.