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Students should review the Externship Manual available on this website which will answer almost all of your questions and provide further detail.
Types of Externships – Standard and Intensive
are available for the following credit hours: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. The
Externship Program manages Standard Externships for 2, 3, and 4 credit hours
and the Third Year in Practice Program (3YP) manages Intensive Externships for
5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 credit hours. A student may only participate in an Intensive
Externship if they have been accepted into 3YP.
can participate in the Externship Program either: (i) by applying to the
Externship Program or (ii) by applying to (3YP) for an Intensive Externship.
information on applying to the Externship Program, please review the Externship
more information on 3YP, please visit the 3YP webpage.
Lawyering Experience and Designated Externship Site Supervisor. An
Externship should provide a student substantial lawyering experience that is
reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a
client or engaging in other lawyering tasks in a setting outside a law clinic
under the supervision of a licensed attorney or an individual otherwise
qualified to supervise.
Agreement. An Externship must
also include an Affiliation Agreement between the Externship Program and the
Externship Site that describes both:
substantial lawyering experience and opportunities for performance, feedback,
and self-evaluation; and
respective roles of faculty and the Externship Site supervisor in supervising
the student and in assuring the educational quality of the experience for the
student, including a clearly articulated method of evaluating the student’s
Site Supervisor Oversight. An Externship must include a method for
selecting, training, evaluating and communicating with Externship Site
supervisors, including regular contact between the faculty and Externship Site
supervisors through in-person visits or other methods of communication that
will assure the quality of the student educational experience.
Evaluation. An Externship must include an evaluation of each student’s
educational achievement by the Externship Program.
Control over Student Experience. An Externship must include sufficient
control of the student experience to ensure that the requirements of the ABA
Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools are met.
Externship Process Overview*
The Externship Manual provides greater detail, but broadly, the process to
participate in the Externship Program is as follows:
*Unless otherwise noted, all provisions described
here relate only to Standard Externships, not Intensive Externships obtained
from enrollment in the Third Year in Practice Program (3YP). For more
information on 3YP, please visit the program’s webpage.
Hired by an Externship Site. Students must first apply to, and be hired by,
an Externship Site. Externship Site postings are available on the law school career services site, Vincent. As part of this process, students should determine whether
the Externship Site is a currently approved Externship Site or whether the
Externship Site is not yet approved. A
list of approved Externship Sites is posted on the main Externships webpage. If your preferred Externship Site is not yet an Approved Externship Site, please encourage the Externship Site to submit an application to become an Approved Externship Site as soon as possible. Please complete this in sufficient time for the Externship Site to submit the application, for the application to be reviewed and approved by the Externship Program, and for the propsosed Externship Site to execute an Affiliation Agreement. This process can take a minimum of two weeks and will take longer if the proposed Externship Site requests modifications to the standard Affiliation Agreement.
to the Externship Program. After a student is hired by an Externship Site,
the student then applies to the Externship Program for approval to join the
Externship Program. Students must apply to the Externship Program by submitting
the Externship Application available below under Externship Forms.
application must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in
accordance with the timeline set forth in the Experiential Learning Calendar
available on the Experiential Learning webpage of the law school website. For instructions on how to apply to the Externship Program, please see the
Externship Director Then Approves or
Rejects Student Application. After a student applies to the Externship
Program, the Externship Director will review the student’s application and
determine whether the student qualifies to join the Externship Program and
whether the student’s proposed Externship Site is an Approved Externship Site. After the student is
approved to join the Externship Program, the Externship Director will inform
the student that he or she is approved to join the Externship Program pending
the Externship Director’s review of the student’s Externship Site. If the
Externship Site was not previously designated as an Approved Externship Site,
the Externship Director will review the Externship Site and approve, reject or
further investigate the Externship Site.
Director Verifies Execution of Affiliation Agreement. After the student is
approved to join the Externship Program and the Externship Site has been
approved, the Externship Director will verify that the Externship Site has
executed the Affiliation Agreement. Externship Sites that do not execute the
Affiliation Agreement prior to the first day of classes will disqualify the
student from receiving academic credit for the Externship for that semester.
Thus, it is vitally important that the student coordinate with the Externship
Site to ensure the Affiliation Agreement is executed promptly upon receipt.
For more information on the Affiliation Agreement, please see the Externship Manual.
Director Enrolls Approved Student in Externship Course and Seminar. After
(i) the student is approved to join the Externship Program and (ii) the
student’s Externship Site is approved, the Externship Director will enroll the
student in the Externship course for academic credit and enroll the student in
the applicable Externship Seminar. For more information about the Externship
Seminar, please see the Externship Manual.
Arranges Start and End Date with Externship Site. To begin the Externship, the
arrange a start date and end date with the Externship Site supervisor that corresponds
with the academic calendar. The first day of work should be no later than the
first week of classes and the last day of work should be no later than the last
week of classes.
Student Attends Externship Seminar. Externship Seminar attendance is mandatory and excessive non-attendance can result in a failing grade.
Submits Daily Logs and Progress Reports During Externship. During the
semester, the student, now an Extern, must complete and submit the Daily Logs
and the Progress Reports in the timeframe required. For more information about
these submissions, please see the Externship Manual.
Receives Pass/Fail Grade at End of Semester. By the end of the semester,
the student must have satisfied all the requirements of the Externship to
receive a passing grade for the Externship fieldwork component and the Externship Seminar.
**Please review the application timelines set forth in the Experiential Learning Application Calendar