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Externship Requirements

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The Center for International and Comparative Law coordinates course enrollment for the Geneva externship program. Unlike the full-time externship program requirements, a research paper is not required for the Geneva 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 also 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.

Contemporaneous Journal

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:

  • A description of the student's daily work, including the nature of the projects worked on and the student's role in the projects and special assignments.
  • A specific description of the training and supervision the student is receiving in connection with each project.
  • Contemporaneous reflections on the manner in which the work relates to the educational goals for the externships.
  • The manner in which the externship has exposed the student to issues concerning professional responsibility and the role of attorneys.
  • How the externship has contributed to the student's development of knowledge in particular substantive areas and to the student's professional growth.

Final Report

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:

  • A description of the specific projects the student worked on and the student's role in each project.
  • The quality and method of supervision provided.
  • An overall evaluation of the externship.
  • Most importantly, the report should specifically focus on the student's personal reflections on what he or she learned from the externship, and the significance of the experience toward the student's intellectual and professional development and objectives.

Written Assignments

The student must submit at least three pieces of any written work product (e.g., reports, briefs, memos, etc.) produced during the externship.

Faculty Site Visit

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 nature and level of work done by the office.
  • Assignments given to the  student.
  • Adequacy of the supervision.
  • The student's performance during the course of the externship.
  • Whether that particular externship is of value sufficient to warrant repeating in subsequent terms.

The faculty member will document his or her impressions in a written report and submit it to the Center for International and Comparative Law for inclusion in the student's externship file.

Supervising Attorney Evaluations

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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