Providing students with the necessary building blocks for a rewarding legal career
We guide you toward the essential, real world opportunities that give your resume a competitive edge. Students are guided along their career paths from the first semester, through graduation, and beyond. We assist in developing the tools necessary to conduct a successful job search and in preparing the materials you need to establish yourself as a marketable, successful candidate for a multitude of positions. Our job development effort is led by the Dean of Career and Professional Development and spearheaded by our Manager of Employer Engagement. Through this rigorous approach to career development, graduates continue to find employment with a wide range of employers in the public and private sector.
You will spend a good deal of energy during law school preparing for life beyond graduation. Our Career Development Center team is dedicated to helping you navigate a variety of choices so that you can meet your goals.
Our internship program is one of the largest of any law school and is available during both the academic year and summer. Internships can be paid, for credit, or done on a volunteer basis based on the type of employer. Additionally, many students receive public service grants, paid for by the law school, to intern with public sector employers during the summer.
Each summer approximately 400 students attain externships with judges, government agencies, public interest organizations, as well as in private, for-profit practice, in law firms and companies, general counsel offices, and corporations and the financial services industry. Externships are internships that are completed for credit. An additional 175 plus externships are offered throughout the academic year.
- Judicial Internships
Through hands-on experience in federal and state judicial chambers, judicial interns are exposed to essential research, analysis, and writing skills, and an opportunity to observe judges as they hear cases or meet with lawyers in pre-trial negotiations. Career Development Center job listings contain many judicial externship opportunities. Your career counselor can meet with you to explain the various opportunities and discuss the application process.
- Government Internships
Regardless of which area of the law you ultimately choose, government internships provide an excellent foundation for law students and recent graduates. Government lawyers practice in a variety of areas, such as litigation, torts, civil rights, criminal law, antitrust, securities, and intellectual property. New government lawyers may assume full responsibility for their own caseloads much sooner than their counterparts in the private sector.
- Corporate Internships
Many corporations have summer programs as well as internships during the academic year.
- Law Firm Internships
Large and small law firms interview and hire our students for academic year and summer positions as well as post-graduate positions. In addition, the Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program brings large law firms to Brooklyn Law School during the late summer and throughout the fall to interview second, third, and fourth year students for both summer and permanent positions.
Public Service Opportunities
The Career Development Center recommends that students interested in exploring a career in the public sector consult with Brooklyn Law School’s Public Service Law Center which is dedicated entirely to helping students gain entry to this specific and competitive legal sector.