June 3, 2016 — New York, NY — Dean Melanie Leslie has announced that Jennifer Kim will serve as director of externships, overseeing the law school’s field clinics and externships programs. Kim brings to the job her experience as a lawyer, clinical legal educator and Cardozo career counselor.

Cardozo School of Law has one of the largest field placement programs in the country, offering hundreds of diverse experiences for students, who have the opportunity to work with seasoned attorneys.

“Jennifer understands the vital link between real-world experience and that all-important first job out of law school,” said Dean Leslie. “We have built one of the most robust field placement programs in the nation in order to provide our students with essential lawyering skills, and Jennifer will help expand our partnerships within the New York legal community.”

Kim, who has a background in clinical legal education, has served as Cardozo’s assistant director of the Center for Career Advancement and Professionalism since July 2015, providing individual counseling and career development advice to J.D. and LL.M. students.

Prior to joining Cardozo, Kim was a faculty member at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she taught in both the Family Law Clinic and the Attorney Externship Program. In the Family Law Clinic, she supervised students in their direct representation of clients on family law matters including divorce, custody, child support, adoption and civil orders of protection, and worked closely with students on legislative advocacy projects. In the Attorney Externship Program, she designed and implemented a semester-long curriculum and syllabus for a weekly seminar, and met with students individually to ensure the quality of their externship placements. Kim has been an active member of the Clinical Legal Education Association, and is dedicated to creating experiential learning opportunities for law students.

“I am very excited to help Cardozo students expand upon their experiential learning by building connections in the New York City area,” Kim said. “I want to do all I can to help our students get ahead in today’s legal landscape, and I believe externships and field clinics play an essential role in that.”

Kim is replacing Rebecca Rosenfeld, who served as director of externships since 2010. Under Rosenfeld’s leadership, Cardozo’s started its field clinics program, which now offers approximately 14 on-site placements in which Cardozo students work under the supervision of legal experts. The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has recognized the law school's field clinic program for its innovation. In addition, Rosenfeld built externship opportunities for students in areas such as art law, family law, criminal prosecution, criminal defense, government, consumer rights, special education, health law and many more. She is returning to public-interest practice focusing on special education law, and will be representing disabled students seeking to procure educational benefits.

“We are so grateful for the incredible work Becky has done in creating partnerships for Cardozo’s field clinics,” said Dean Leslie. “Over 500 students in one year alone have benefited from our collective efforts, and Becky has played a huge role in that.”


For more information contact:

John DeNatale

Assistant Dean of Communications