There are a tremendous number of online resources available to assist you with your search for internship, externship and postgraduate employment opportunities. Below you will find information about and links to some of the resources that will be most helpful to you. This list is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to be proactive in identifying and using as many additional resources as possible.
Current internship, externship and postgraduate employment opportunities that have been posted with the Maurice A. Deane School of law at Hofstra University’s Office of Career Services (OCS) can be found on Symplicity. Symplicity can be used by Hofstra Law students and graduates to view and apply to hundreds of postings. Hofstra Law students and graduates can access Symplicity through the My.Hofstra.edu portal. Once logged in to the portal, click on “My Apps” and then “Law Career Management System.” If you do not know or cannot remember your user name or password for the portal, please contact OCS at 516-463-5871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Court Judicial Internship Opportunities (Visit Symplicity for opportunities, or engage in direct outreach out to area Family Court judges.)
Hofstra Law Child Advocacy Clinic
Child Advocacy Clinic students learn the facets of client advocacy through the challenging experience of representing children in abuse and neglect cases, and special immigrant juvenile matters. Students advocate in New York City and Nassau Family Courts on behalf of children in cases where the allegations range from physical and sexual abuse to educational neglect, abandonment and inadequate supervision. In court, Clinic students advocate vigorously for their clients in all aspects of the practice, including picking up cases at arraignment, advocating at hearings and trials, engaging in motion practice and formulating dispositional plans. Outside of court, students maintain regular contact with their clients, investigate the factual allegations of neglect or abuse involved on their court cases, formulate realistic and compassionate plans for clients and their families, and work closely with mental health professionals, caseworkers, teachers and foster parents to ensure their clients’ needs are being met.
Hofstra Law Mediation Clinic
Students in the Mediation Clinic will serve as mediators in actual cases involving family court matters, including custody/visitation and PINS cases. Students complete an intensive mediation training program with a NYS Court Certified Mediation Trainer. Student mediators help parties involved in a conflict to negotiate and make decisions about the conflict's outcome. The mediations take place either at the Clinic offices or on-site at a referring court or agency. Under the Clinical Instructor's supervision, students will: screen and develop cases; interview parties to a dispute and advise them about the mediation process; mediate cases in two-student teams; and, draft settlement agreements. The mission of the Mediation Clinic is not to train students to be professional mediators, rather, the mission is to teach them fundamental lawyering skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and effective problem solving, all of which are essential to every attorney's work.
Hofstra Law Judicial & Matrimonial Law Externship Program
Hofstra Law Juvenile Justice Practicum
Students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic Practicum will represent at least two youth in school disciplinary matters over the course of the semester. After an intensive training in school discipline law at the start of the semester, students are assigned to represent youth who are being threatened by their schools with suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary consequences. Allegations against youth clients range from assault and fighting to insubordination and absenteeism. Students will handle at least two clients and will engage in client interviewing and counseling, intensive fact investigation, legal research and negotiation. Students meet regularly with supervisors for case rounds and are accompanied by a supervisor at all hearings.
Public Service Law Network (PSLawNet)