Miami Law Externship Program

The University of Miami School of Law Externship Program ("Externship Program") provides second-year (2L) and third-year (3L) students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience by working with local, national, and international corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations and the judiciary for academic credit. Students gain practical legal experience by working under the supervision of lawyers, which is supplemented and enhanced by a corresponding academic course. Please note that law firms, of any size, including solo practitioners, do not qualify as an externship placement for the Externship Program.

Employer/Placement Requirements

A substantive legal experience;
An on-site supervising attorney, licensed in the United States, who directly supervises and provides feedback in connection to the student's work.

Please note that students receive academic credit in part for their work at the field placement. As such, students are not eligible to receive any compensation from externship employers or from any other sources including stipends or fellowships.

 Click here to see requirements for an organization to qualify for an externship placement.

Student Requirements

In order for a student to participate in and receive academic credit for his/her participation in the Externship Program:

The student must be an enrolled student at Miami Law, in good academic standing;
The student must submit a fully executed Student-Agency Agreement for an approved placement by the established deadline date;
The student must complete the work hours required for his/her elected credit amount;
The student must successfully complete the Externship Program Course;
The student must maintain a time log and submit a complete Time Certification Form at the end of the externship term, verifying that he/she completed the required work hours;
A student cannot repeat a prior externship placement for academic credit;

There is a 9-credit cap as to the number of academic credits that a student may earn through externship placements that may be applied towards meeting a student's graduation requirements in accordance with the Miami Law Registrar Office's JD Degree Requirements Self-Audit Form.

 Spring 2017 Session of the Externship Program: General Overview

For the spring 2017 semester, students are required to work at least 120 hours for 3 academic credits in addition to successfully completing the requirements of the Externship Program Course.  Please note that the Externship Program no longer has a 6-credits option.  The first day of the spring 2017 semester is January 17, 2017, and students will be required to complete the work hours by April 25, 2017.

Spring 2017 Externship Program Strict Deadlines

1.)  A student who secured his/her own legal internship and would like to submit same to be considered for approval, to be converted into an externship placement by the Externship Program Committee, will be required to follow the steps on the Externship Program Fact Sheet  by Monday, January 2, 2017.
2.) After securing an approved externship placement, to be enrolled for the Spring 2017 Externship Program requires a student to submit a Student-Agency Agreement on or before Monday, January 30, 2017).

Credit/Hours for Spring 2017

To earn 3 credits - a student must work at least 120 hours at an approved externship placement and successfully complete the Externship Program Course.  *There is no longer an option to earn 6 credits as part of this program.

Externship Program - Academic Course Overview
The Externship Program is an academic program.  In addition to completing the work hour requirements at an approved externship placement, a student must also successfully complete the concurrent academic course attached to this program.  The course encompasses a mandatory orientation along with a total of five (5) assigned component course lectures throughout the spring 2017 semester.

All lectures associated with the Externship Program will take place on Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm on the Miami Law campus unless otherwise stated. The specific lecture dates will be provided on the syllabus that will be distributed at the mandatory orientation. Student will have to make all necessary arrangements to attend lectures including adjusting externship work hours to ensure availability.

Student must also complete documents that monitor his/her externship including the Learning Plans & Goals, Mid-Term Evaluation, Final Evaluation and Time Certification Form as part of his/her academic responsibilities for this program.

Comprehensive information about the academic course will be provided during the mandatory orientation scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 2:20 pm on the Miami Law campus.

Policies attached to the Externship Program

A student must be in good academic standing to participate in the Externship Program.
A student cannot repeat a prior externship placement for academic credit.

There is a 9-credit cap on the number of academic credits* a student may earn through externship placements that may be used to meet his/her graduation requirements in accordance with the UM Law Registrar Office's JD Degree Requirements Self-Audit Form.

Externship FAQs

 How does a student secure an externship placement?

A student may apply to a pre-approved externship placement through the Career Development Office ("CDO") or secure his/her own legal internship and request for it to be converted into an externship placement upon the Externship Program Committee's review and approval. If a student secures his/her own placement, it is the student's responsibility to discuss the work hour requirements with the employer. Please note that there is no guarantee that a student will receive an offer from a pre-vetted externship placement or that a student's self-secured internship will be approved as an externship placement. The CDO's goal is to provide students with as many opportunities as possible.

 How does a student participate in the Externship Program through the CDO?

To participate in the Externship Program, a student must complete the bidding process on Symplicity. "Bidding" entails submitting a resume and other requested materials via Symplicity. Instructions on how to bid on the Symplicity system are provided in the Student Guide to Symplicity. All students have a Symplicity account. If a student cannot locate his/her Symplicity login information, the student should e-mail cdo@law.miami.edu and provide his/her full name, class year and e-mail address (this e-mail address will be the student's username for the site). The student will then receive his/her login information via e-mail. Please allow up to two business days for a response. 

Bidding for spring 2017 externship opportunities will be launched in mid-October. Opportunities listed as part of the Spring 2017 Externship Program are non-paid legal internship opportunities that qualify for academic credit for the spring 2017 semester.  Please note the Spring 2017 Externship Program is a seperate program to the Fall 2016 Recruiting Program.  If you are unsure as to the differences between the two programs, please contact your CDO advisor to learn more about each program.

Students will be notified about the formal launch of each session of the Spring 2017 Externship Program via e-mail (the e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address attached to the student's Symplicity account). Students will then be able to bid on pre-approved participating externship placements by logging onto Symplicity and selecting "OCI, Resume Referral, Direct Contact and Externship Program Schedules" from the top navigation bar. A student will then be able to see a list of employers participating in the active session(s) by selecting the appropriate session from the drop-box menu, (externship placements will be specifically identified as such). Please note that Symplicity only allows a student to view and bid on employers seeking applications from his/her class year.

 How does a student submit a self-secured placement to the Externship Program Committee for consideration and approval to be converted into an externship placement?

All externship placements are subject to the Externship Program Committee's approval. If a student has secured his/her own legal internship and would like to submit it for approval, the student will be required to follow the steps on the Externship Program Fact Sheet: Would an Internship Secured For Myself Qualify as an Externship Placement? The deadline to submit a self-secured internship to the Externship Program Committee for approval is Monday, January 2, 2017. A student will be required to submit his/her contact information along with the placement's contact information, including his/her potential supervising attorney's direct contact information. The student's potential supervising attorney may be contacted directly for more information. This information will be considered by the Externship Program Committee. The Externship Program Committee will inform the student of its decision as soon as it is made via e-mail.

 If a student has been offered an externship position at an approved externship placement, does he or she have to accept the position?

No;  just as a student is not guaranteed he/she will be offered an externship position, an employer is not guaranteed that a student-applicant will accept a position when it is offered. If a student-applicant chooses not to accept an offer, the student must decline the offer in a professional manner, including calling the externship employer to decline the offer. After a student has made a commitment to an externship placement, he/she may not rescind his/her acceptance. Additionally, a student must decline an offer in a timely manner to give the externship employer and other students an opportunity to fill the placement. Please notify Sajani Desai of the CDO when declining an offer of an externship position. 

 Once a student has accepted an externship position at an approved placement, what are the next steps to be registered for the Externship Program Course?

To be registered for the Externship Program Course, a student must first submit a complete Student-Agency Agreement to the CDO. The CDO verifies a student's placement with the receipt of a fully executed Student-Agency Agreement. A Student-Agency Agreement is an agreement between the student, externship employer, and the law school that states the terms of the externship relationship. A fully executed Student-Agency Agreement is due to the CDO on or before Monday, January 30, 2017

 If the Student-Agency Agreement was timely submitted, how is a student registered for the Externship Program Course?

Upon receiving and processing a complete Student-Agency Agreement for an approved externship placement, the CDO will provide the student with a unique pin number provided by the Registrar Office (the pin number is specific to the student). The student will then be able to enroll him/herself to the Externship Program Course by entering the unique pin number after adding the Externship Program Course number to his/her spring 2017 schedule via his/her CaneLink account.

 How does a student receive a "pass" for the Externship Program Course?

An essential component of the Externship Program is the work that a student completes at his/her externship placement. As such, the feedback from an extern's supervising attorney to the student's externship professor as to his/her performance and progress (i.e., professionalism, attitude, work product, attire etc.) will play a major role in a student's ability to pass the Externship Program Course. Additionally, the student will have to submit a Time Certification Form to his/her externship professor, verifying that the student has completed the required work hours for his/her elected credit amount. Finally, the Externship Program is an academic program. In addition to completing the work hour requirements at an approved externship placement, a student will be required to successfully complete the concurrent academic course attached to this program.

The academic course encompasses a mandatory orientation along with a total of 5 assigned component course lectures throughout the spring 2017 semester.  All lectures associated with this program will be held on Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm unless otherwise stated.

Comprehensive information about the academic course will be provided during the mandatory orientation scheduled for February 1, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm on the Miami Law campus.

Student will have to make all necessary arrangements, including adjusting externship work hours, to attend the 5 assigned lectures in person to successfully particpate in this program.

More Information

After reviewing this webpage, if you have any additional questions about the Externship Program, please contact Sajani Desai at sdesai@law.miami.edu.

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