The Office of the New York State Attorney General (“OAG”) has externships for course credit available during the 2024 fall semester for second and third-year day law students. 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. While the posted application deadline is September 13, 2024, please be advised offers will be made on a rolling basis.*

The OAG is seeking hardworking and talented law students who have excellent legal research and writing skills; fluency in other languages in addition to English is a plus but is not required. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the OAG prior to submitting their applications by visiting the Divisions and Bureaus and News and Media sections of the OAG’s website.

Placement Experience

  • Selected law students will assist attorneys in all phases of their work.
  • By conducting law-related assignments, students will be exposed to a broad range of legal work that will allow them to gain valuable public interest law experience. Assignments may include but will not be limited to the following: writing memoranda; drafting pleadings, writing discovery requests or responses; preparing for and attending depositions, hearings, or in-court matters; interviewing clients, witnesses, and experts; assisting with investigations, case negotiations; and conducting general legal research assignments.
  • In their assigned bureau/office, students will have the opportunity to interact regularly with attorneys who are working on innovative and impactful cases. The OAG is committed to ensuring students have an interactive and professionally valuable experience.
  • A key objective will be for law students to finish their placements with a legal writing sample.

Program Details

The OAG is offering students two program format options during the 2024 Fall Program: hybrid or remote. Please review the following for information about each format option. Format availability will vary by bureau and location, see the posting for details.

  1. A hybrid placement option, which means students may report to their designated workstation two days per On the days students will be working remotely, they will need to have access to a reliable computer, a secure internet connection, a phone, and a sufficiently quiet and private workspace to telework.
  2. A remote placement, which means students will telecommute for the duration of their placements. Students in this format must have access to a reliable computer, a secure internet connection, a phone, and a sufficiently quiet and private workspace to telework.

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 following information: 

  • The appropriate externship contact at their school;
    • The parameters of the externship, including the employer’s responsibilities;
    • The required minimum/maximum work hours to be completed by the student; and
    • The number of credits the student will receive upon completion of the placement.
  • Students are encouraged to commit to work part-time (approximately 15 hours/week) during regular business hours for at least a semester (10-12 weeks) or the minimum stipulated by their externship, clinic, or independent study.
  • Students hired for the fall may begin their placements on September 4, 2024, or after.
  • U.S. citizenship and New York State residency are not required, but applicants must be eligible to be employed in the U.S.

The following bureaus/offices have externship placements available during the 2024 Fall Program:

Fall Externships Available in Albany

Charities Bureau, Albany (Hybrid Only)

Charities regulates nonprofit organizations and fundraisers and provides them with helpful resources. Additionally, Charities is responsible for supervising charitable organizations to protect donors and beneficiaries from fraud by ensuring charitable donations are used as the donor intended.

Claims Bureau, Albany (Hybrid Only)

Claims defends the State and certain State authorities in the Court of Claims and defends individual State officers and employees in Supreme Court in civil actions for money damages arising in tort, medical/dental malpractice, unjust conviction and breach of contract.

Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, Albany (Remote or Hybrid)

LEMIO has a broad mandate to investigate “allegations of corruption, fraud, use of excessive force, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse” as well as patterns and practices of police misconduct. LEMIO is responsible for investigating complaints, examining departmental policies and procedures, and making recommendations for reform, including disciplinary action.

Organized Crime Task Force, Albany (Hybrid Only)

The Organized Crime Task Force conducts complex, long-term criminal investigations related to gang activity, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, loan sharking, bookmaking, money laundering, fraud, grand larceny, labor racketeering, and other white-collar crime as well as human trafficking.

Sex Offender Management Bureau, Albany (Hybrid Only)

Sex Offender Management (SOMB) was created to represent NYS in all Mental Hygiene Law Article 10 litigation. Cases in SOMB frequently present questions of the Mental Hygiene Law, criminal law, constitutional law, agency law and statutory interpretation. SOMB also works in concert with the Article 10 partners to develop statewide protocols to further the goals of Article 10 in ensuring public safety.

Fall Externships Available in Buffalo

Environmental Protection Bureau, Buffalo (Remote or Hybrid)

Environmental Protection (EPB) is focused on advancing environmental justice throughout the State. EPB enforces state and federal environmental laws that protect New Yorkers’ rights to clean air, clean water, and safe and healthy communities, and conducts investigations into violations of those laws. EPB also defends in both federal and state courts the State’s executive agencies charged with environmental responsibilities.

Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, Buffalo (Remote or Hybrid)

LEMIO has a broad mandate to investigate “allegations of corruption, fraud, use of excessive force, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse” as well as patterns and practices of police misconduct. LEMIO is responsible for investigating complaints, examining departmental policies and procedures, and making recommendations for reform, including disciplinary action.

Office of Special Investigation, Buffalo (Remote or Hybrid)

The Office of Special Investigation (OSI) investigates every death in the State of New York that may have been caused by a police officer or a peace officer (peace officers includes corrections officers). If warranted, OSI’s attorneys seek charges in connection with the incident and prosecute any resulting indictment.

Buffalo Regional Office (Hybrid Only)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Fall Externships Available in New York City

Brooklyn Regional Office (Hybrid Only)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Bureau of Internet & Technology, New York City (Hybrid Only)

Bureau of Internet & Technology (BIT) is responsible for enforcement of New York’s privacy, data security, and consumer protection laws in the online and tech environment, as well as for enforcement of New York’s data breach notification laws. BIT investigates a wide range of issues affecting technology, including spyware, spam, online privacy, child safety, gambling and internet fraud.

Civil Rights Bureau, New York City (Remote or Hybrid)

Civil Rights enforces federal, state, and local laws that protect New Yorkers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, source of income, or disability. The Bureau’s docket reflects its commitment to combating discrimination and its effects, ensuring equality of opportunity, and promoting inclusion. Additional work includes community outreach, public education, and other advocacy efforts.

Consumer Frauds Bureau, New York City (Remote or Hybrid)

Consumer Frauds and Protection investigates and civilly prosecutes a wide range of businesses engaged in fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, or illegal trade practices that harm ordinary New Yorkers.

Criminal Enforcement & Financial Crimes Bureau, New York City (Hybrid Only)

Criminal Enforcement & Financial Crimes (CEFC) investigates and prosecutes criminal acts related to securities fraud, tax fraud and other white-collar crimes. CEFC includes attorneys, investigators, auditors, and analysts who conduct complex, long-term criminal investigations and prosecute cases statewide, from charging through conviction.

Environmental Protection Bureau, New York City (Hybrid Only)

Environmental Protection (EPB) is focused on advancing environmental justice throughout the State. EPB enforces state and federal environmental laws that protect New Yorkers’ rights to clean air, clean water, and safe and healthy communities, and conducts investigations into violations of those laws. EPB also defends in both federal and state courts the State’s executive agencies charged with environmental responsibilities.

Heath Care Bureau, New York City (Hybrid Only)

Health Care is committed to protecting consumers from deceptive or illegal practices and to ensure access to health care by bringing civil prosecutions for violations of health, insurance, deceptive practice, antidiscrimination and other applicable laws. Health Care also advocates for legislation and policy initiatives to enhance the rights of health care consumers and their ability to access quality, affordable care in New York State.

Investor Protection Bureau, New York City (Remote or Hybrid)

Investor Protection (IPB) pursues complex investigations and litigation using the Martin Act and other laws to protect the public from fraud and misrepresentation in the offering and sale of securities, commodities, franchises and other investment products. IPB’s regulatory work includes virtual currencies; addressing fraud in ESG disclosures; the marketing of speculative investment products to a broad range of retail investors; and the need for greater racial equity across the financial system.

Labor Bureau, New York City (Hybrid Only)

Labor brings civil and criminal prosecutions for violations of minimum wage, overtime, prevailing wage, protections against discrimination and retaliation and other critical labor and employment laws. Labor also represents NYS agencies in their enforcement of labor laws, defensive litigation in state and federal court that often raises similar substantive issues in a different procedural setting.

Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office, New York City (Remote or Hybrid)

LEMIO has a broad mandate to investigate “allegations of corruption, fraud, use of excessive force, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse” as well as patterns and practices of police misconduct. LEMIO is responsible for investigating complaints, examining departmental policies and procedures, and making recommendations for reform, including disciplinary action.

Litigation Bureau, New York City (Remote or Hybrid)

Litigation represents the state, its officers, and its agencies in state and federal courts in actions involving almost every substantive area of the law. Litigation protects the public interest by defending constitutional challenges to state statutes, regulations, policies, and practices and by bringing actions to enforce state laws and regulations.

Public Integrity Bureau, New York City (Hybrid Only)

Public Integrity (PIB) investigates and prosecutes crimes committed by public employees, elected officials, candidates for public office, and people and entities that steal from the government. PIB conducts complex, long-term investigations into government corruption, fraud, bribery, and abuse of authority. PIB investigates and brings criminal charges against public servants and others who engage in corruptive practices.

Sex Offender Management Bureau, New York City (Remote or Hybrid)

Sex Offender Management (SOMB) was created to represent NYS in all Mental Hygiene Law Article 10 litigation. Cases in SOMB frequently present questions of the Mental Hygiene Law, criminal law, constitutional law, agency law and statutory interpretation. SOMB also works in concert with the Article 10 partners to develop statewide protocols to further the goals of Article 10 in ensuring public safety.

Taxpayer Protection Bureau, New York City (Hybrid Only)

Taxpayer Protection (TPB) pursues complex civil investigations and litigation involving fraud committed against NYS and its local governments. TPB was created to handle whistleblower cases and investigations under the NY False Claims Act. Frauds investigated by TPB include large tax frauds; frauds involving government contracts for goods or services; frauds involving government-funded social programs; and frauds involving government investments.

Fall Externships Available in Other Locations

Binghamton Regional Office (Remote or Hybrid)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Hauppauge (Hybrid Only)

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) investigates and prosecutes Medicaid provider fraud in the healthcare industry and abuse and neglect of residents in healthcare facilities. Possessing both civil and criminal enforcement powers, MFCU uses various state laws to bring civil actions and criminal proceedings, including asset forfeiture actions, resulting in large-scale criminal convictions and the recovery of millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

Nassau Regional Office (Hybrid Only)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Sex Offender Management Bureau, Poughkeepsie (Remote or Hybrid)

Sex Offender Management (SOMB) was created to represent NYS in all Mental Hygiene Law Article 10 litigation. Cases in SOMB frequently present questions of the Mental Hygiene Law, criminal law, constitutional law, agency law and statutory interpretation. SOMB also works in concert with the Article 10 partners to develop statewide protocols to further the goals of Article 10 in ensuring public safety.

Suffolk Regional Office (Remote or Hybrid)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Sex Offender Management Bureau, Syracuse (Hybrid Only)

Sex Offender Management (SOMB) was created to represent NYS in all Mental Hygiene Law Article 10 litigation. Cases in SOMB frequently present questions of the Mental Hygiene Law, criminal law, constitutional law, agency law and statutory interpretation. SOMB also works in concert with the Article 10 partners to develop statewide protocols to further the goals of Article 10 in ensuring public safety.

Syracuse Regional Office (Hybrid Only)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Utica Regional Office (Remote or Hybrid)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Westchester Regional Office (Remote or Hybrid)

The OAG’s regional offices (RO) help carry out essential defensive, regulatory, and affirmative justice functions in every part of the state. Each RO is deeply engaged in local community affairs; conducting outreach and educational presentations; and responding to New Yorkers’ complaints in critical areas such as elder abuse, consumer fraud, tenants’ rights, immigration services fraud, election fraud, and not-for-profit corporations.

Organized Crime Task Force, White Plains (Hybrid Only)

The Organized Crime Task Force conducts complex, long-term criminal investigations related to gang activity, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, loan sharking, bookmaking, money laundering, fraud, grand larceny, labor racketeering, and other white-collar crime as well as human trafficking.

How To Apply

The following section provides detailed information about the application process and application requirements. Please review the complete list of instructions prior to preparing and submitting your application materials online.

  • Applications for fall externships must be submitted online. To apply, please click on the Bureau name in the list above.
  • We recommend applying to no more than three (3) bureaus/regional
  • 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 application deadline is September 13, 2024, but please be advised externships will be filled on a rolling *

The following four (4) documents are required for each application that is submitted:

  1. Cover Letter
    • You may address your letter to the Legal Recruitment Unit.
    • Indicate why you are interested in a placement with the OAG and what makes you a strong
    • If applying to multiple bureaus/regional offices, we recommend that you submit the same cover letter with each application, ranking those bureaus/regional offices in order of your preference.
    • Please indicate your format preference: hybrid or remote. Please be advised some bureaus/offices may offer only hybrid Please check the posting for details.
    • You may wish to include information about what life experiences you will bring to the placement that will enhance the OAG’s ability to better serve the diverse population of this state.
  2. Resume
    • Ensure your resume is complete and current prior to submitting your
  3. List of three (3)
    • Submit only professional (i.e., supervisor or professor)
    • For each reference, indicate the nature and duration of your relationship.
    • Include contact information and email addresses for each
    • Please note that your references will not be contacted until after you interview for the
  4. Writing Sample
    • Submit a sample of your legal writing that best demonstrates your ability to analyze legal issues in a clear and concise manner, as well as your advocacy and grammatical We recommend submitting a sample that is 5-10 pages in length.
    • You may choose to submit a paper that you completed for school or a writing sample that you produced during an internship or externship.
    • If you choose to provide an excerpt from a longer document, you must include a cover page indicating the following:
      1. Why you are choosing to submit this particular
      2. Specify the source of the sample and whether it was prepared for a class (include the course name and date) or an internship or job (include the placement or position name and date).
      3. Provide the reader with any relevant context needed to understand how the excerpted section relates to the document as a whole.
      4. Indicate who edited your sample, how many drafts were made, and whether you are the sole author of the document.

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

Please submit your application for a fall placement at least three (3) weeks prior to any deadlines that could impact your candidacy and note this in your cover letter.

If you have questions about a placement with the OAG, the application process, or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at recruitment@ag.ny.gov.