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Information for Host Organizations 

The Program

Externships, also known as external studies opportunities, offer an exciting opportunity to augment classroom study with real-world work experience.

Michigan's externship program is designed to provide individual students with advanced training and research opportunities in areas of particular interest to them that go beyond what is traditionally offered in a classroom setting. Although skills training may be a component of an external studies program, the object of the program must be to further the student's legal education in the sense of deepening his or her understanding of the nature of law and the legal system; skills training alone is not an adequate justification for engaging in study outside the Law School.

Evaluation

The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit the formal evaluation below at the conclusion of the semester. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

 

Review Date *:Date of Review
Select a date from the calendar.
Extern's Name *:
Placement *:Enter the Name of the Host Organization
Supervisor *:Name of the Attorney Supervisor, or the name of the person completing
this form.
Supervisory Consultation *:Did you consult with other attorneys for whom the student worked
prior to completing this form?
Research and Analytical Skills *:Is the student able to bring his or her knowledge of legal principles to bear in analyzing cases? Is the student able to recognize and properly identify legal issues in case fact patterns? Has the student shown creativity in turning facts to legal advantage? Is the student able to distinguish relevant from tangential issues? Is the student skilled with utilizing both computer and print resources?
Research and Analytical Skills Comments or Examples:Please provide any comments and/or examples to support your rating.
Writing Skills *:Does the student use proper grammar, spelling, and citation format? Does the student appreciate the differences in style among the different forms of legal writing (e.g., analytical for memoranda, argumentative/advocative for motions/pleadings)? Is the student's work well organized, concise, and clear?
Writing Skills Comments or Examples:Please provide any comments and/or examples to support your rating.
Legal Knowledge *:Has the student demonstrated adequate familiarity with basic concepts of applicable law and procedure? Is the student adept at grasping legal problems and at fashioning solutions to them independently? Have you seen progress in these areas?
Legal Knowledge Comments or Examples:Please provide any comments and/or examples to support your rating.
Oral Skills *:Is the student able to communicate clearly concerning legal matters? Is the student able to "think on his or her feet" and respond to extemporaneous questions? Is the student able to communicate in a manner appropriate to the particular audience (e.g., clients, supervising attorneys, staff, judges, etc.)? How would you describe the student's demeanor and efficacy in communicating in the courtroom, if applicable?
Oral Skills Comments or Examples:Please provide any comments and/or examples to support your rating.
Ethical Concerns *:Does the student recognize ethical problems as they arise and deal with them appropriately? Does the student seem properly reflective concerning the ethics of judicial decision making or practice? Has the student properly conformed with confidentiality protocols? If applicable, is the student able to advocate zealously on a client's behalf while operating within ethical norms?
Ethical Concerns Comments or Examples:Please provide any comments and/or examples to support your rating.
Professionalism *:Has the student demonstrated maturity, good judgment, and sensitivity in interactions with other staff, attorneys, judges, clients, etc.?
Professionalism Comments or Examples:Please provide any comments and/or examples to support your rating.
Attitude and Work Habits *:Does the student seem eager to learn? Does the student accept constructive criticism? Is the student diligent? Has the student's attendance, punctuality, industriousness, and attention to detail been satisfactory?
Attitude and Work Habits Comments or Examples:Please provide any comments and/or examples to support your rating.
Additional Comments:Please provide any additional comments regarding the student's time with your organization.
Final Words *:What advice do you have for the student regarding his or her future professional development?
Student Discussion *:
Electronic Signature *:Please sign this form by entering your complete name in this box.
 

 

 
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