Externships 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.
Most programs will be undertaken in connection with government agencies or with charitable, educational, or other nonprofit organizations operated for the public benefit.
There must be a commitment to participate with the student in analyzing and discussing the intellectual lessons to be drawn from the student's experience. The attorneys who supervise the student must assume responsibility for continuous evaluation of the student's work, with particular attention paid to ways in which it can be improved. The host organization must also agree not to use student externs primarily for undesirable make-work tasks, such as cite-checking or perfunctory research projects.
A faculty member visits each site in person or via electronic means at least once during the semester. Prior to the meeting, the student prepares a memorandum to prepare all the parties. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss:
The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit the formal written evaluation below at the conclusion of the externship. This evaluation should detail the work the extern has done and the supervisor’s evaluation of the student's performance during the time period covered.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure these evaluations are submitted.
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