After consultation with the Coordinator of Clinical Programs or faculty instructor, students select a placement at which to do uncompensated legal work under the supervision of an attorney or faculty instructor. Placements must be approved by the Coordinator of Clinical Programs. Placements include federal, state, and local government agencies, judicial chambers, prosecutor's and defender's offices, law firms, corporate general counsel's offices, public interest organizations, and labor unions. The placement is combined with a seminar focused on enhancing learning from the externship, techniques for learning from experience useful after graduation, and issues in becoming a lawyer and joining the profession. For three credits, students are required to do 120 hours of uncompensated fieldwork; for four credits, 180 hours are required. One of the credits awarded is considered an academic credit and the remaining are clinical credits. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis. Legal Externship: Becoming a Lawyer is a prerequisite for Legal Externship: Supervised Fieldwork within the following guidelines: without prior permission of the Coordinator of Clinical Programs, students may take no more than five clinical credits in the same placement and no more than seven clinical credits under the combination of this course and Legal Externship: Supervised Fieldwork. Legal Externship: Becoming a Communications Lawyer should be taken by CLI students to fulfill one of the externship requirements for the CLI certificate.
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