The Civil Externship program at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University teaches legal skills through placements in nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Civil externs work approximately 12 to 15 hours per week during the fall or spring semester (or a minimum of 200 hours during the summer) for organizations such as the:
State and federal judiciary
New York State Attorney General
New York State Department of Mental Hygiene
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Nassau/Suffolk Legal Services
Central American Refugee Center
New York State Department of Labor
Natural Resources Defense Council
Depending on the location, students may engage in all phases of legal work, including interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting legal documents, negotiating with attorneys, conducting research and preparing legal memoranda.
Students are supervised by an attorney at the particular organization and by Hofstra Law faculty directors (who also conduct weekly seminars).