Semester-in-New York City Program
The Semester-in-New York City Program allows students to be resident in New York City during the spring semester of their third year of law school. The focus of the New York City Program is capital markets/corporate compliance or entertainment law.
Students will work at an approved externship for four days (30 hours) per week and earn 10 academic credits for their externship work. Students must enroll in a two-credit independent study on a topic related to capital markets/corporate compliance or entertainment law. Students will earn 12 academic credits for the semester, which satisfies the full-time Law School enrollment requirement for financial aid eligibility and compliance with Dickinson Law academic rules.
Students can apply for externships in New York City that involve legal work relating to capital markets and corporate compliance; for example, at the New York Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the New York office of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) or at an entertainment law legal department or nonprofit organization. Consistent with ABA law school accreditation policies, Dickinson Law’s academic rules permit students who participate earn academic credit by interning at for-profit entities upon approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director of Experiential Learning. This permits students in the Program to seek paid externships in the compliance and legal departments of for-profit entities in the capital markets and corporate compliance areas, such as asset management firms, securities brokerage firms, commercial banks, hedge funds, insurance companies, and investment banks or at an entertainment law legal department or nonprofit organization (but not at private law firms). All externships must consist primarily of legal work performed under the supervision of a licensed attorney.