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/education 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.

 Summer 2018 Session of the Externship Program: General Overview

For the summer 2018 semester, students are required to work at least 200 hours for 3 academic credits in addition to successfully completing the requirements of the Externship Program Course.  There is no other credit option associated with this program.  The first day of the summer 2018 semester is May 14, 2018, and students will be required to complete the work hours by August 1, 2018.

Summer 2018 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 field placement by the Externship Program Committee, will be required to follow the steps on the Externship Program Fact Sheet  by Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
2.) After securing an approved externship field placement, to be enrolled for the Summer 2018 Externship Program requires a student to submit a Student-Agency Agreement on or before Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Credit/Hours for Summer 2018

To earn 3 credits - a student must work at least 200 hours at an approved externship placement and successfully complete the Externship Program Course. 

In addition to completing the required work hours, the extern will be asked to 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.

Summer 2018 Externship Program - Academic Course Overview
The Externship Program is an academic program.  In addition to completing the work hour requirements at an approved externship field placement, a student must also successfully complete the concurrent academic course attached to this program. Specific information about the class component of the Summer 2018 Externship will be provided after spring break.

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.

 Fall 2018 Session of the Externship Program: General Overview

For the fall 2018 semester, students are required to work at least 135 hours for 3 academic credits in addition to successfully completing the requirements of the Externship Program Course.  There is no other credit option associated with this program.  The first day of the fall 2018 semester is August 13, 2018, and students will be required to complete the work hours by November 20, 2018.

Externship Program - Academic Course Overview
The Externship Program is an academic program.  In addition to completing the work hour requirements at an approved externship field 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 fall 2018 semester.

All lectures (including the mandatory orientation) associated with the Externship Program will take place on either a Tuesday or Thursday from 5:30 pm - 7:20 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.

More information about the Fall 2018 Externship Program will be provided in early June 2018.

Externship FAQs

 How does a student secure an externship placement?

A student may apply to a pre-approved externship field 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 then it is the student's responsibility to discuss the work hour requirement, associated with this program, with the potential externship program 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 summer 2018 externship opportunities is underway. Opportunities listed as part of the Spring 2018 Recruiting Program that are identified as externship-eligible are approved, non-paid legal internship opportunities that qualify for academic credit for the summer 2018 semester. Students may pursue an externship-eligible position as a strict volunteer (for no academic credits) or as extern (for academic credits). Opportunities listed as part of the Spring 2018 Recruiting Program that are identified as externship-required are approved, non-paid legal internship opportunities that require students earn academic credit for the summer 2018 semester. Please be mindful that a student pursuing an externship will be held responsible for the tuition costs of the credits that will be earned.

Students will be notified about the formal launch of each session of the Spring 2018 Recruiting 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?  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.

 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 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.

Student will have to make all necessary arrangements, including adjusting externship work hours, to meet the academic requirements of the Externship 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.

CAREER (CDO) QUICKLINKS

Contact the CDO
CDO Blog
CDO E-Newsletter
Externship Program
Symplicity Job Posting Database

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CAREER (CDO) QUICKLINKS

Contact the CDO
CDO Blog
CDO E-Newsletter
Externship Program
Symplicity Job Posting Database

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the University of Miami that no person within the jurisdiction thereof shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any  other protected factor be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment (including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence) under any program or activity of the University, regardless of whether such program or activity occurs on-campus or off-campus.  Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination, opposes a policy/procedure/practice because he/she believes it to be discriminatory, or who participates in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, is prohibited. Read full policy.