Students who have completed one externship and one of the “Becoming a Lawyer” seminars may enroll for a second or subsequent externship in Supervised Fieldwork. This course provides credit for fieldwork and provides each student with oversight from a faculty member. In consultation with the instructor, each student selects a field placement at which to do uncompensated legal work under the supervision of an attorney. 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. Students may receive two credits for 120 hours of legal work or three credits for 180 hours for three credits. Students must seek approval for proposed placements by filling out the online placement approval form at http://externships.law.edu. Students should obtain approval of placements before the semester begins. For additional information about the externship program, refer to the section on "Legal Externships" on page 40.
The faculty instructor may convene periodic seminar meetings or may meet with each student several times over the course of the semester. Students turn in detailed time logs and do some reflective writing about their field experience. Grading is pass/fail. Students are encouraged to seek a new field placement for each semester. A student who wishes to stay in a single placement for a second semester must receive approval from the Coordinator of Clinical Programs.
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