LL.M. Externship Program
We are excited to announce the launch of the LL.M. Externship Program, beginning Fall 2013.
This program gives LL.M. students the opportunity to engage in for-credit externships with a wide variety of host organizations, including non-profit organizations, corporate legal and compliance departments, government organizations, and law firms. Such placement experiences are intended to enrich the educational experience students receive in the Law School’s doctrinal courses and to promote students’ professional development by assisting them in integrating legal theory with skills and professional values.
The educational goals of Fordham’s LL.M. Externship Program are as follows:
- Training Students in Lawyering Skills: Placements should offer opportunities for students to appreciate some of the competencies required for legal practice in the U.S. (for international students) and/or to learn and explore competencies required in a particular practice area or setting. Skill areas include client counseling, client and witness interviewing, negotiation, oral advocacy, fact investigation, due diligence, legal research and writing, case and deal planning, and drafting legal documents. Placements also frequently offer exposure to skills such as time management and law office operations.
- Development of Professional Identity: Placements should offer a platform from which students will consider their professional role and the responsibilities that accompany that role. This includes not only analysis of and compliance with relevant ethical rules, but also identification of professional values that extend beyond the codified rules.
- Growth of Students’ Self-Evaluative Skills: Placements should provide opportunities for active learning through experience, feedback, and reflection. Placements should, therefore, stimulate development of self-evaluative skills and the ability to learn from experience.
Please click on the links to the left for more information about the LL.M. Externship Program.