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Externship Requirements

Faculty Supervisor & Research Paper

If a student wants to complete an optional one, two, or three credit paper or project, arising out of his or her externship, the student must secure, in advance of submitting a proposal, a faculty supervisor who will be responsible for supervising and grading the student's paper/project and mutually agreeing upon how many credits the paper/project will be worth. Prior to the commencement of the externship, the student and faculty supervisor should work out the areas of study to be pursued and establish the general topic to be developed in the paper/project, to the extent possible. Details regarding the form and length of the paper/project and due date should be agreed upon prior to the start of the externship.

Although the flux of business at the host organization may preclude firm definition of the paper/project at the very beginning of the externships semester, every effort should be made to settle the topic and begin work as promptly as possible. The finished paper/project must meet the standards ordinarily applied to seminar and independent research papers prepared for the same amount of credit, and must reflect the individual work of the student rather than a joint effort with other students or attorneys.  That is, it cannot be an assignment that the student turned in to externship supervisors, though it can arise out of that work.

Contemporaneous Weekly Journals

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 Google Drive on a schedule determined by the syllabus. These journals 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 minimum requirements set forth in the course syllabus.

Online Discussion Group

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

Final Report and Written Externship Assignments

At the end of the externship, the student must upload to their externship folder on Google Drive a Final Report on the externship experience. It must be accompanied by at least two pieces of any written work (e.g., reports, briefs, memos, etc.) the student produced during the externship.

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.

Site Visits

We conduct site visits for all full-time externships, in-person where feasible, or via electronic means where it is not feasible. The site visit is usually conducted about half-way through the semester, and it typically includes a meeting with the extern, and then a separate meeting with the field placement supervisor. It is the extern's responsibility to help the faculty supervisor and the field placement supervisor coordinate a mutually convenient time for the site visit.

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.

Supervising Attorney Evaluations

The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit two formal written evaluations of the student's performance to the Externship Program; once at the middle of the externship and again at the end. These evaluations should detail the work the student has done and the supervisor's evaluation of their work during the time period covered.

Click here to complete and submit the Midterm Evaluation.

Click here to complete and submit the Final Evaluation.