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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the time requirements of the Externship Program?
During the fall and spring semesters, students must perform and document at least 10 hours of fieldwork per week for a minimum of 13 weeks during the semester. 

During the summer semester, students must perform and document at least 20 hours of fieldwork per week for a minimum of 8 weeks during the semester.

How can I sign up for the Externship Program?
You are expected to secure externship fieldwork placements on your own. All students must complete the online sign up form for externship course registration and e-mail your resume and unofficial transcript to hmcnanna@law.fordham.edu.

Can I sign up if I have not yet secured a Field Placement?
While it is best to secure a position before you sign up for the Program, we understand that some employers do not make offers before our deadline.  If you are still waiting to hear from prospective placements, please fill out the form, but indicate that you are still waiting for placement confirmation. 

How do I get my externship placement approved?
Check to see if your externship placement is already on our list of pre-approved placements.  If not, your Supervising Attorney must fill out the Placement Approval Application and submit it to hmcnanna@law.fordham.edu.

How do I register for the Externship Program?
Once your completed sign up sheet has been accepted, the Externship Program will forward your information to the Registrar for registration. Only the Externship Program has the ability to register you. The registration process takes time, and we ask applicants to be patient. We will send a confirmation e-mail only after you have been registered.
PLEASE NOTE: The Registrar will notify you if you have time conflicts, holds or if registration for the externship courses causes you to exceed the credit limit.

Can I be paid for my work during my externship?
You may NOT be paid by your employer. You may be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses such as travel to work. In some instances, students may receive fellowship money, but are required to work a significant number of additional hours. Please visit our Program Requirements page for more information.

Can I participate in more than one externship?
Yes, but not in the same semester and you may not work at the same placement more than once. If you're applying for your third externship, you must receive prior approval by e-mailing hmcnanna@law.fordham.edu.

Can I participate in an externship and a clinic in the same semester?
No, unless you're participating in the Mediation Clinic.