Specialized Externship Programs

In addition to civil, criminal and judicial externship programs, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law offers several specialized externship programs.

Clinical Prosecution Practicum

This 6-credit practicum offers students the opportunity to work in a local district attorney’s office and to participate under a Student Practice Order in the prosecution of criminal cases under the close supervision of a faculty member, as well as an assistant district attorney who serves as the field placement supervisor.

Global Legal Practice Externship

Students can earn 3 credits during the summer session in the Global Legal Practice Externship program and are placed with nonprofit organizations and law offices internationally.

Placements are available in Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, London, Milan, Paris, Shanghai and Sydney. 

Hofstra Law in D.C.

During the fall semester of their 3L year, students have the opportunity to work as full-time legal interns with governmental, congressional and nonprofit field placements in the nation’s capital.

Students receive 10 credits for their field placement and 3 credits for the companion seminar.

Insurance Litigation and Corporate Practice Externship

This 5-credit field placement is designed to provide students with a substantive educational experience in insurance law, while at the same time providing practical experience in the context of insurance defense litigation as well as in house at an insurance company.

Matrimonial Law Externship

In this specialized program, students have the opportunity to experience working in the field of matrimonial law, dividing the semester equally between a seven-week placement with a judge who is assigned to the Matrimonial Center of the Nassau County Supreme Court and a seven-week placement with a private matrimonial law firm.

Mediation Externship

Students in this program serve as mediators in disputes between parents and children as part of the Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) diversion program. They also mediate disputes between parents with either child support or custody and visitation cases that are before the family court in Nassau County.

Practical LGBT Lawyering

This seminar uses practical lawyering experiences as a lens to teach students skills for representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients.

Participating students are required to handle some aspect of legal representation involving LGBT issues through an approved externship placement.

Special Problems in the Law of Lawyering

This course provides students an opportunity to study current problems in legal ethics and malpractice.

The course offers a fieldwork component where students obtain experience in handling legal ethics and malpractice matters.

Field placements include working with disciplinary counsel, members of ethics and disciplinary committees, and lawyers who handle legal malpractice and risk management matters.

Veterans Law Externship

This externship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain exposure to the range of legal issues typically confronted by veterans.

Youth Court Externship

Students in the Youth Court Externship train and supervise high school student advocates who represent juvenile respondents and jury members in local youth court hearings.

Law students also screen cases, interview parties and appear on the record under a Student Practice Order in the Adolescent Diversion Part in Nassau County District Court.