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Legal Externships for Law Students

New York State Office of the Attorney General

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Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Spring 2021 Legal Externships for Law Students

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) has externships for course credit available during the spring 2021 semester for second and third-year day law students, as well as evening law students who have completed at least three (3) semesters. Interested law students must be receiving course credit for their work at the OAG as part of an independent study, externship program or clinical program. Students that are hired for a spring externship with the OAG may begin their placements on January 20, 2021 or later. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting an exclusively remote spring program.

Selected law students will have the opportunity to assist attorneys in all phases of their work including but not limited to: legal research; drafting of briefs, memos and pleadings; document review; responding to discovery requests; preparing for depositions and trials; and performing some clerical work. Students are encouraged to commit to work part-time (15 hours/week) for at least a semester (10-12 weeks) or the minimum stipulated by their externship, clinic or independent study.

Externships are available in a number of our bureaus and regional offices as indicated in the table below. Applicants should only apply for those bureaus and/or regional offices of interest to them. For more information about the work of a particular bureau or regional office, please visit the Divisions and Media Center sections of our website.

At the time of hire, law students are required to provide written confirmation from their schools indicating their acceptance into an externship program, a clinical program or an approved independent study. Additionally, this confirmation must indicate the appropriate externship contact at the law school along with the parameters of the placement, including the employer’s responsibilities and the required minimum/maximum work hours to be completed.


We are seeking bright, hardworking law students, as specified above, who are committed to public service. Excellent legal research, writing and verbal communication skills are also required. Fluency in other languages (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, etc.) in addition to English is a plus. U.S. citizenship and New York State residency are not required.

The following bureaus/offices have externships available during the spring for eligible law students:

Spring Externships in Buffalo

Buffalo Regional Office (Buffalo, NY)

Environmental Protection (Buffalo, NY)

Spring Externships in New York City

Harlem Regional Office (New York, NY)

Civil Rights (New York, NY)

Claims (New York, NY)

Consumer Frauds (New York, NY)

Environmental Protection (New York, NY)

Internet and Technology (New York, NY)

Investor Protection (New York, NY)

Litigation (New York, NY)

Public Integrity (New York, NY)

Sex Offender Management (New York, NY)

Special Investigations & Prosecutions Unit (New York, NY)

Taxpayer Protection (New York, NY)

Spring Externships in Other Office Locations

Organized Crime Task Force (Albany, NY)

Utica Regional Office (Utica, NY)

Organized Crime Task Force (White Plains, NY)

Westchester Regional Office (White Plains, NY)


The following section provides detailed instructions about the application process and the application requirements. Please review the complete list of instructions prior to preparing and submitting your application materials online. The current list of law student externships can be found online at

  • Applications for the spring 2021 externships are being received online.
  • Please apply to no more than three (3) bureaus/regional offices.
  • Applications are submitted separately for each bureau/regional office, and an applicant’s candidacy for each application is determined separately by each bureau/regional office.

The following documents are required for each application that is submitted: (Click on the document name to learn more)

 -Please address to Legal Recruitment.

-If applying to multiple bureaus/regional offices, we recommend that you submit the same cover letter for each application, ranking those bureaus/regional offices in order of your preference.

-Indicate the details of your externship, clinic or independent study.

-Please indicate your availability and the minimum required work hours for your externship, clinic or independent study.

-Only submit professional (i.e., supervisor or professor) references.

-Indicate your professional relationship to each reference.

-Include contact information and email addresses for each reference.

- Unofficial transcript is acceptable.

-Submit any piece of legal writing that demonstrates your ability to analyze legal issues in a clear and concise manner, as well as your advocacy and grammatical skills. For example, an advisory opinion, memorandum of law in support of a motion, or appellate brief would be acceptable.

Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your candidacy. 

Please allow at least three (3) business weeks for your application to be processed and reviewed by the hiring bureau/regional office. After three (3) weeks, to request a status update, please click here.

If you have questions about a position with the OAG, the application process or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment via email at

Spring 2021 Legal Externships for Law Students

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) has externships for course credit available during the spring 2021 semester for second and third-year day law students, as well as…

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