Professor Amy Sankaran coordinates course enrollment for the Geneva externship program. Externs devote full-time to their externship and are expected to be at the placement site during the agency's regular working hours.
Externs participate in LAW 948, Geneva Externship Seminar, while in Geneva. This seminar does not satisfy the upper level writing requirement for the JD. This seminar is intended to supplement your field work by providing an environment for you to share your work experiences and reflect on the varying approaches to international problem-solving of the agencies where you are placed and in Geneva generally.
Individual seminar sessions will predominantly involve meeting with legal and policy advisors at international agencies, NGOs and similar institutions, as well as some Geneva-based academic experts.
As a condition of enrolling for overseas externship credit, students must complete an Overseas Travel Waiver. This requirement applies whether or not the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert or travel warning for the country to which you plan to travel. See the Overseas Travel Requirements page for more complete information, and a link to the Overseas Travel Waiver.
The student must keep a contemporaneous journal of activities during the externship. These reports should be in narrative form and must be submitted according to the established schedule for the semester. These reports should include:
At the end of the externship, the student must submit a final report on the externship experience. This report must be in form and substance satisfactory to the professor who teaches the Geneva Externship Seminar. Although it may naturally include some repetition with portions of the student's contemporaneous journals, it should be a report that stands on its own and provides an end-of-term retrospective summary of the student's externship experiences and their educational significance. The report should include:
The student must submit at least three pieces of any written work product (e.g., reports, briefs, memos, etc.) produced during the externship.
A faculty member will conduct a site visit at your placement. When a site visit is conducted, the faculty member, through conversations with the attorney supervisor(s) and the student, will determine:
The faculty member will document his or her impressions in a written report and submit it to Prof. Sankaran for inclusion in the student's externship file.
The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit two formal written evaluations for inclusion in the student's externship file; one at the midterm point in the externship and again at the conclusion. These evaluations should detail the work the extern has done and the supervisor's evaluation of the student's performance during the time period covered. The evaluations can be accessed via the links below.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure these evaluations are submitted.Click here to complete the Midterm Evaluation
Click here to complete the Final Evaluation
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