Eager for real-world experience? The externship program at the Quinnipiac University School of Law provides more than 300 potential placements with lawyers, judges and mediators.

Our dynamic externship model emphasizes close, collaborative relationships among students, faculty supervisors and your real-world field supervisors. You'll analyze and reflect on your field experiences throughout the semester in on-campus seminar classes and tutorials.

Below are some of the externships we arrange:

Corporate Counsel

One of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, the Corporate Counsel externship places you at area corporations and membership organizations where you'll work in substantive areas ranging from:
  • Intellectual property and licensing to products liability law
  • Employment and disabilities to public utilities law
  • Tax and securities to environmental law
  • Franchising and leasing to zoning law
Your duties could be to:
  • Review and/or negotiate contracts and work with outside counsel to prepare corporate witnesses for deposition and trial
  • Attend judicial and/or administrative hearings and participate in alternate dispute resolution proceedings
  • Prepare materials for submission to regulators and help to design regulatory compliance programs
  • Work with human resources personnel to develop employee handbooks and conduct sexual-harassment awareness and prevention programs
  • Perform trademark searches, draft trademark licensing agreements and assist with trademark policing efforts
  • Attend board or shareholders' meetings and assist their supervisors with other internal and public presentations

Criminal Justice

This exciting externship-one of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law-pairs you with prosecutors and public defenders in the state and federal criminal justice systems. You might work on court cases involving:
  • The prosecution of environmental crimes
  • Medicaid fraud
  • Gang-related or juvenile offenses
  • Computer crimes
Among your duties might be to:
  • Interview clients in lockup
  • Conduct fact investigations
  • Perform legal research
  • Draft pleadings and memoranda
  • Conduct plea negotiations
  • Participate in trial strategy sessions
  • Prepare witnesses for trial
  • Make bond arguments
  • Argue evidentiary motions
  • Work on plea agreements
  • Second-chair or conduct trials
  • Examine and cross-examine witnesses

Family + Juvenile Law

Divorce, custody, domestic violence, child support, guardianship, and abuse and neglect matters comprise the substantive caseload in this externship, one of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. You'll learn to meet the needs of clients dealing with some of the most personal and painful crises they may ever experience.

You'll work in legal services and private law offices, paired with attorneys who represent low-income people in agencies, under contract with the state or through significant pro bono work.

You might be called on to:
  • Represent both adults and children
  • Interview and counsel clients
  • Conduct fact investigations
  • Negotiate settlements
  • Advocate clients' interests in family, probate and/or juvenile court and in alternate dispute resolution proceedings

Field Placement II

One of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, Field Placement II is a second-semester externship sequel for students who have completed one externship semester and wish to continue their field experience in different placements in the same program.

Judicial

Understand the responsibility judges assume when they take their oaths of office by observing the judicial system from the court's perspective.

In this externship-one of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law-you'll work with state and federal judges at the trial and appellate levels and may have the option to choose civil or criminal assignments, or focus on areas such as family, juvenile or housing law.

You'll become familiar with procedural and evidentiary rules and hone your research, writing and oral communication skills by preparing bench memoranda and drafting opinions for judges.

Read court files, discuss pending matters with judges and clerks and see what tactics will or won't work in written and oral advocacy.

Whether you use this as a prelude to a judicial clerkship after graduation or simply to get an insider's view of the court and bench, you'll come to realize that lawyers advocate, but judges must decide. 

Legal Services

This inspiring externship will show you how your work affects whether a client has a home, a job, or enough to eat, or whether a child has an appropriate educational program.

One of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, the Legal Services externship puts you in legal services offices paired with lawyers who represent low-income people in housing, benefits-access, employment discrimination, disability, special education and unemployment matters.

Casework includes significant client contact and advocacy at judicial and/or administrative hearings, representing both individuals and community groups, and often participating in "impact," or law reform, litigation.

Legislative

Learn first-hand about the legislative decision-making process by:
  • gathering facts
  • conducting legal research
  • drafting proposed legislation
  • responding to constituent requests
  • attending committee hearings and legislative sessions
As a legislative extern through the Quinnipiac University School of Law's externship program, you'll spend the spring semester working with legislative and executive branch lawyers in the State Capitol. You may be assigned to judiciary committee co-chairs and counsel to the majority and minority caucuses, as well as to the governor's counsel and the attorney general.

Mediation

Help resolve landlord-tenant, child custody, victim-offender and consumer disputes by working with both lawyer and non-lawyer mediators in court-based and community mediation settings.

One of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, the Mediation externship shows you how mediation skills can help parties in conflict to reach their own decisions and resolve their own disagreements. At the same time, you'll learn lawyering skills by observing and evaluating the performance of advocates through a neutral lens.

Public Interest

The Public Interest externship, one of nine externships at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, is packed with possibilities. Interested in elder law, disabilities or housing law? How about labor or constitutional law, consumer or health law, tax, family or employment law? It's all here.

You'll work with lawyers in nonprofit advocacy organizations, private firms that make significant pro bono commitments, state agencies and other public interest organizations.

You may perform such duties as:
  • interview clients and/or witnesses
  • appear in administrative or judicial proceedings
  • perform legal research and analysis
  • draft motions, memoranda, briefs, correspondence, even administrative decisions
  • assist with depositions
  • attend public hearings and board meetings
  • assist in arbitrations
And perhaps most importantly, you'll learn why public service is among the core values of the legal profession.