The University of Miami School of Law has two externship options for skill building and practical, hands-on opportunities outside of the scope of the regular law school classroom.
Our expanded CDO Externship Program allows students to obtain academic credit while working in a real world legal setting. The Externship Program offers national and international externships with corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations and the judiciary. The program is designed to enhance the educational experience of students by giving them an opportunity to do advanced legal work that generally is not available through the law school's curriculum.
In addition, the unique Litigation Skills Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to apply the trial and pre-trial skills learned during the Lit Skills I course in a live client setting. In these externship placements, students may represent clients in criminal and civil matters and argue cases in Circuit, County and Federal courts under the supervision of practicing attorneys.
In 2009-2010 the Miami Law created Foreclosure Defense Fellowships that enabled new lawyers to give free help to local residents caught in the foreclosure crisis. Watch videos of recent UM grads who participated in the fellowship – one of the first programs in the nation to respond to the crisis sweeping the country.
James Duffy: This fellowship not only helped him land a full-time job, he says it also changed how he looks at his law degree. Watch video
Yolanda Paschal: Paschal, JD '09, discusses how interacting with clients facing foreclosure was one of the most rewarding aspects of her fellowship with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Watch video
Jackie Gonzalez: Gonzalez discusses that this experience taught her how to engage with people and that it is a very emotional process for clients. Watch video
Francisco Cieza: Cieza loved helping people who are "turned away from society in general" and felt appreciated by fellow staff. Watch video