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Externship Requirements

Contemporaneous Journal

The student must keep a contemporaneous journal of activities during the externship. It should be in narrative form and 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 externship.
  • 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.

These reports must meet the set minimum requirements specified in the course syllabus.

Fieldwork (two, three, or four credits, ungraded)

Students spend 8, 12, or 16 hours per week working under the supervision of an attorney at the local non-profit or government placement of their choice.  

Seminar Class (one credit, graded)

We typically have nine classes during the semester covering a range of topics relevant to the externship, such as goal-setting, managing up, work-life balance, cross-cultural lawyering, and so on. Assignments, readings, and other course requirements are outlined in the syllabus.

Online Discussion Group

All externs will participate in periodic online dialogues with their classmates and Professor Sankaran via Blogger. 

Final Report

At the end of the externship, the student must submit a Final Report on the externship experience. Generally, the final report should reflect on the externship experience as a whole. 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. 

Supervising Attorney Evaluation

The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit a formal written evaluation of the student's performance to the Office of Experiential Learning at the end of the externship. This evaluation should detail the work the student has done and the supervisor's evaluation of their work during the time period covered.

Student Evaluation of Externship Site

At the end of your externship, please use this link to evaluate your externship placement, including what type of work you did, how you found your position, and your overall experience. Your information will be shared with future students via the Public Service Network, if you opt to allow it, and we really hope you will! To read about prior students’ externship experiences, please visit the Public Service Network.​​​​