The Externship Course consists of a graded 2-credit seminar and pass/fail 2-credit placement in a law office. Mentor-attorneys in the law offices supervise students’ fieldwork. Placements include law firms, government agencies, corporations, and public interest organizations. In addition to the seminar and placement, each student meets three times a semester with a faculty member who has expertise in the field of the student’s placement. In the seminar, students explore lawyering from a number of perspectives and discuss issues relevant to the practice of law in all fields. Students keep time records describing their experiences and write journals reflecting on those experiences. Students in the seminar must also do an in-class presentation. Under certain circumstances, with the permission of the Director of Externship Programs, students may elect to take the 2-credit pass/fail placement without the seminar. Students in the 2-credit placement meet with a faculty member, keep time records, and write a journal, but do not attend the weekly seminar. Students in both the 2-credit and the 4-credit programs must spend at least 12 hours a week at their placements and must work a total of 168 hours by the end of the semester. Placement credits do not involve scheduled classes. No more than 14 placement credits may count toward the J.D. Enrollment limited.
Certain placements may have prerequisites or co-requisites, as specified by the Director of Externship Programs. Students must obtain prior permission from the Director to register for this course, and all placements must be approved in advance of the semester by the Director.