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Externship Requirements

registration deadlines & enrollment process

Students do not bid for LAW 990, Part-time Externship, using the CBI system. Instead, a student seeking to enroll in the class must submit a statement of interest and their resume to Professor Sankaran by May 1st for a fall semester part-time externship, and by December 1st for a winter semester part-time externship. The statement of interest must include:

  • Name of placement, or proposed placement.
  • How the placement furthers the academic and professional goals of the student.
  • A description of the work the student will be doing.
  • If the placement has been secured, the name, phone number, and e-mail address of the supervisor or other appropriate contact, and the student's intended work schedule.
  • If the placement has not been secured at the time of application, what steps the student will take to secure the placement.

Permission to enroll in this class is granted exclusively by Professor Sankaran during the weeks prior to the semester in which the externship will take place. Students must have their placements finalized no later than one week prior to the first day of the semester.

Contemporaneous Journal

The student must keep a contemporaneous journal of activities during the externship. It should be in narrative form and must be uploaded to the student's folder on M+Box according to the published schedule. 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 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.

Final Report

At the end of the externship, the student must upload to their externship folder on M+Box 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. 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.
  • The student's personal reflections on what he or she learned from the externship.
  • The significance of the experience toward the student's intellectual and professional development and objectives.
  • Most important, 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.

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.

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