Three Catholic University law school faculty members and a recent alumnus were on the program of “Externships 6, Preparing Lawyers: the Role of Field Placement,” held in Boston March 1-4, 2012. The discussion was co-sponsored by Northeastern University School of Law and Harvard Law School.
The four-day conference focused on issues in clinical legal education, with special emphasis on placing students in the most beneficial field externships possible. It covered teaching models for field placement, international programs run by foreign law schools, the clinician’s work with students and supervisors, and the impact of field placement programs on career opportunities, among other subjects.
Panel discussions that feature Columbus School of Law clinical faculty members included:
The Role of Field Placement in Legal Education Today
Professor Sandy Ogilvy (left) and Sudeb Basu, Class of 2011, an attorney in Sterling, Va., opened the conference as part of a plenary session on "The Role of Field Placement in Legal Education Today." They presented survey results on the current state of externship placements in the U.S.
Teaching Human Rights through Practicum
Professor Leah Wortham joined Ainura Abdyrakunova and Elida Nogoibaeva from the American University of Central Asia in Biskek, Kyrgyzstan in a session on "Teaching Human Rights through Practicum."
Strengthening the Field Placement Experience in Law Schools Around the Globe
Professors Catherine Klein and Leah Wortham organized a roundtable on "Strengthening the Field Placement Experience in Law Schools Around the Globe," with participants from Australia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, and Spain.
This marked the sixth conference for externship clinicians, the first two of which were held at Catholic University's law school in 1998 and 2003. More than 200 people representing 12 countries attended the Boston conference.
Catholic University’s legal externship program is a true pioneer in the field. The first and foremost textbook on externships in wide use among law schools today, “Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs,” is the result of a collaborative effort among several CUA Law professors.