Miami Law Externship Program

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The University of Miami School of Law Externship Program ("Externship Program") provides second-year (2L) and third-year (3L) students, in good academic standing, 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. (Please note Miami Law LL.M. programs often include an independent externship/practicum component; to learn more about an externship/practicum as it relates to a LL.M. program, please contact the respective LL.M. director).

General Overview

The Miami Law Externship Program has two components: (1) the required work hours at the approved externship field placement and (2) in-person academic lectures.  The Externship Program is a three-credit elective course that is graded pass/fail and meets a skills graduation requirement.  To receive a pass, students must successfully work at least 135 hours at an approved externship field placement and attend six two-hour lectures. There is no other credit option associated with this program. 

 Employer/Placement Requirements

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

Please note because students receive academic credit in part for their work/education at the field placement, 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 to qualify as an externship field 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 with an approved externship field placement by the established deadline date;
The student must complete the required work hours;
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 field placement for academic credit;

There is a 9-credit cap as to the number of academic credits that a student may earn through externships 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 2019 Externship Program - Pertinent Information and Deadlines

Spring 2019 Externship Program Strict Deadlines

1.)  A student who secured his/her own legal internship and would like to petition for its conversion into an externship field placement, by the Externship Program Committee, must follow the steps outlined on the Externship Program Fact Sheet by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
2.) After securing an approved externship field placement, to formally enroll in the Spring 2019 Externship Program, a student must first submit a Student-Agency Agreement on or before Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The Student-Agency Agreement memorilizes the externship relationship between the student, externship field placement and the law school as it outlines each party's responsibilities to this program. It is the submission of a complete Student-Agency Agreement that triggers the registration process for this course. Please see Externships FAQs for detailed information.

Credit/Hours for Spring 2019

To earn 3 credits - a student must work at least 135 hours at an approved externship placement and attend six two-hour lectures. 

All lectures 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 within the syllabus that will be distributed on Thursday, January 24, 2019 - the first class meeting for this program.  Externs must make all necessary arrangements to attend their assigned lectures including adjusting externship work hours.

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.

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 field placement?

A student may secure an externship field placement in two ways: (1) the student may apply to and secure a position with a pre-approved externship field placement through the Career Development Office ("CDO") via Symplicity or (2) the student may secure his/her own legal internship and request that it is converted into an externship field placement.  To make this request, the student will be asked to provide the Externship Program Committee with detailed information about the proposed placement. The Externship Program Committee will vet the placement and make a determination. Please note that there is no guarantee that a student will receive an offer from a pre-approved externship field placement or that a student's self-secured internship will be approved for conversion into an externship field 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 Symplicity 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 2019 externship opportunities will be communicated through the "OCI, Resume Referral and Direct Contact Schedules" section of Symplicity under sessions categorized as "Spring 2019 Externship Program Session." Opportunities that are identified as externship-eligible are approved, non-paid legal internship opportunities that qualify for academic credit through the Externship Program. Externship-eligible positions are externship field placements that a student may pursue for academic credit or as a strict volunteer.  Opportunities that are identified as externship-required are approved, non-paid legal internship opportunities that require students earn academic credit through the Externship Program to secure and to pursue the position.  Please be mindful that a student who chooses to earn academic credit through the Externship Program will be held responsible for the tuition costs attached to the 3 credits that the student will earn.

Students will be notified about the formal launch of each session of the Spring 2019 Externship Program via e-mail (the e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address associated to the student's Symplicity account). Students will then be able to bid on pre-approved participating externship field placements by logging onto Symplicity and selecting "OCI, Resume Referral, Direct Contact and Externship Program Schedules" from the navigation bar. The 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 outlined on the Externship Program Fact Sheet: Would an Internship Secured For Myself Qualify as an Externship Field Placement?  A student will be required to submit his/her contact information along with the proposed 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. 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 field 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 to not 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 field placement, he/she should 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 from an externship field placement. 

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

To be registered for the Externship Program, 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 field placement, and the law school that states the terms of the externship relationship including each party's responsibilities.

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

Upon receiving and processing a complete Student-Agency Agreement for an approved externship field placement, the CDO will provide the student with a unique pin number, assigned by  the Registrar Office, by e-mail with detailed enrollment instructions. The student will then be able to enroll him/herself to the Externship Program by entering the unique pin number, when prompted, 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?

A student must work at least 135 hours at the approved externship field placement, attend six two-hours academic lectures and submit all required assignments by the specified deadline date including the Time Certification Form, verifying that the student has completed the required work hours for his/her elected credit amount.

Since an essential component of the Externship Program is the work that a student completes at his/her externship placement, the feedback from an extern's supervising attorney about the student's 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.

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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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.

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.