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Externship Descriptions

Externship programs provide students with an opportunity to perform legal research and writing and to work closely with attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, government agencies, legal services, and state and federal judges.  There are many externship programs available to upper division students, ranging from 2-3 cr. hrs.  See Law 725-859 in the Course Description section for more on the externship program or contact the Experiential Education Director with any questions about the program.  Open positions are posted in Strategy each semester and students must have their resume approved by Career Planning to apply for extern positions electronically.   Additionally, 22 Externship employers came to Valpo Law and participated in over 140 interviews.  Samples of externship positions include opportunities with state and federal judges, public defenders, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Chicago Board of Education.

In order to receive academic credit for externships, students must:

  • Submit a resume (through Strategy) and interview with the Field Supervisor at the extern site and/or Director of Experiential Education prior to the semester in which they expect to intern (or the year prior, in some cases), and
  • Formally register for the designated externship in the Law Registrar’s Office, if accepted. See FAQs for further information.

Student externs are expected to work at least 45 hours per academic credit.  For a three credit externship, a student must work 135 hours or approximately 10 hours per week during the 14 week semester.  Individual field or faculty supervisors may require more hours to be worked.  A student may not participate in an externship before successful completion of the first year curriculum or 30 credit hours.

Graded S/U.  Students can receive no more than nine (9.0) hours of externship credit in a total of 3 different extern sites during their law school career.  Students may NOT repeat the same or a similar setting externship. For instance, a student may not extern for one state judge in the fall and the same or another state judge in a subsequent semester or one county’s prosecutor in one semester and the same or a different county prosecutor in another semester.  Students may NOT enroll in MORE than one externship in a semester.

Important Note: Various externships may have courses/guidelines as a pre- or co-requisite. Students selected to work for the federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, ATF, FTC, etc.) that require an extensive background check must commit to the employer before the background check is started. Failure to fulfill that commitment will disqualify students from further participation in the externship program.  These government agencies also require students to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Students enrolled in prosecutor’s offices externships must take Legal Profession, Evidence and Criminal Procedure: Investigation as a pre- or co-requisite.  See the Director of Experiential Education at least one semester prior to the semester in which you are seeking an externship to determine application procedures and requirements.

Externships of 2-3 credit hours are graded on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.  Students can receive no more than nine (9.0) hours of externship credit during their law school career and may not repeat the same “or similar externship” in a subsequent semester (excluding the Federal Judge Extern Program).  Academic credit will not be awarded if a student is receiving financial compensation for his or her work.  This applies to students receiving the Summer Public Interest Scholarship (SPIS) as well. Individual externships may have limited enrollment.

Academic credit is never extended retroactively for work already undertaken. These same conditions and requirements described above also apply to the summer externship program.

725-859. Extern Programs. Cr. 2-3

(See the Externship Guidelines following this course description section.)

*Important Note: Various externships may have courses/guidelines as a pre- or co-requisite. Students selected to work for the federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, ATF, FTC, etc.) that require an extensive background check must commit to the employer before the background check is started. Failure to fulfill that commitment will disqualify students from further participation in the externship program.  Students enrolled in prosecutor’s offices externships must take Legal Profession, Evidence and Criminal Procedure: Investigation as a pre- or co-requisite.  See the Experiential Education Director at least one semester prior to the semester in which you are seeking an externship to determine application procedures and requirements.

725-A. State Judicial Externship – IN, IL. Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity of working in the Superior or Circuit Courts of Porter, Lake, LaPorte, or St. Joseph counties in Indiana or Cook County, IL.  Work involves assistance on research projects as well as with various operational aspects of the court. Also gives students an opportunity to observe trials and interact with judges related to their court docket and case hearings.

726-A. Federal Judge Externship – IN, IL. Cr. 3 (per semester for 2 semesters /total 6 credits)

Enables third-year students to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge, research and write orders in particular cases, and engage in professional dialogues with the judge and his/her law clerks.  Except for those who participate in the summer, students must commit to a full year.  It is strongly recommended that students enroll in Law 442 Civil Rights during their second year. Professor Rosalie Levinson supervises the Federal Judge Externship and holds an informational meeting each spring for the following academic year openings. Pre- or co-requisites: Law 442 Civil Rights Legislation and Law 470 Complex Federal Litigation.

727-A. U.S. Attorney Externship* – ALL U.S. Offices.  Cr. 3

Provides students the opportunity of working with Assistant United States Attorneys in the preparation and prosecution of federal cases.  U.S. Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party.  They are the principal federal law enforcement officers in their judicial districts.  Students are exposed to both civil and criminal casework. There is a concerted effort to allow students to appear in court if they are licensed under the student practice rule of that state.  (For Indiana – it is the Indiana Rule 2.1). The federal district for the State of Indiana is divided into two districts, of which one has headquarters at the federal courthouse in Hammond, Indiana and hires externs almost every semester. This agency requires students to be a U.S. citizen to apply. ALL U.S. Attorney’s Offices are pre-approved for extern credit as their programs are coordinated in a similar fashion to the local offices with which we work most semesters.

*Important Note: Various externships may have courses/guidelines as a pre- or co-requisite. Students selected to work for the federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, ATF, FTC, etc.) that require an extensive background check must commit to the employer before the background check is started. Failure to fulfill that commitment will disqualify students from further participation in the externship program. These government agencies also require students to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

728-A. Porter County Prosecutor’s Externship – Valparaiso, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to observe and participate in the daily functions of the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office and a unique exposure to the inner workings of the criminal justice system.  The program is designed to enable student participation during juvenile adjudications, county court proceedings, and felony court matters.  Students are certified (under Indiana Rule 2.1) so that actual courtroom functions can be performed under proper supervision for juvenile and adult trials.  Legal research and writing skills are utilized as well as courtroom observation.  Pre- or Co-requisites: Law 210 Evidence and Law 467 Criminal Procedure: Investigation or Law 468 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication.

729-A. LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Externship – LaPorte or Michigan City, IN.   Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to observe and participate in the daily functions of the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office.  The program is designed to enable student participation in various court proceedings.  Students are certified under IN Rule 2.1 so that actual courtroom functions can be performed under proper supervision.  Legal research and writing skills are utilized as well as courtroom observation and participation.  Pre- or Co-requisites: Law 210 Evidence and Law 467 Criminal Procedure: Investigation or Law 468 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication.

730-A. ArcelorMittal Steel, Inc. Externship – Chicago, IL and Burns Harbor or East Chicago, IN.  Cr. 2-3

ArcelorMittal Steel offers students two distinct opportunities. Students may choose the opportunity to work with the Corporate Legal Department, newly headquartered in Chicago in the General Counsel office of ArcelorMittal Steel Inc.  Externs will be involved with compliance of federal and state laws, litigation, contract preparation and review, claims review, review of incorporation or creation documents of ArcelorMittal and its subsidiaries, intellectual property issues, international trade, financing, and records retention. Students may choose instead to extern in the Labor Relations Department in East Chicago, IN.  Students will assist attorneys in matters related to worker contracts, attend arbitrations and research employment practices.

731-A. Lake County Prosecutor’s Office – Crown Point, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to observe and participate in the daily functions of a large, fast-paced government office with clearly defined roles.  The student extern actively participates in court and with out-of court responsibilities under the supervision of an attorney.  The extern takes part in court calls which would include various responses to defense motions as well as traffic and misdemeanor bench trials.  The extern engages in the review of criminal charges and in assisting deputy prosecutors in the filing of those criminal charges.  Additional responsibilities include the research and writing of legal memorandums regarding legal issues that may be requested by deputy prosecutors. Pre- or co-

733-A. Porter County Public Defender Externship – Valparaiso, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students the opportunity to work with attorneys in the Porter County Public Defender’s office.  Externs will work in the Law Office of Tsoutsouris & Bertig.  The extern will assist in all phases of the field supervisor’s practice in criminal defense (state court and federal court appointments), expected to research and draft trial briefs, pre-trial motions, and other motions, as necessary in the criminal arena.  The extern would also interview clients and witnesses.  It is expected that the extern would be able to negotiate and assist at trials in criminal proceedings.

734-A. Department of Child Services, Porter County – Valparaiso, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to work with the attorneys representing the Porter County Department of Child Services Students work with cases alleging that children are in need of services due to abuse or neglect (CHINS).  Approximately 300 such cases are filed in the Porter County Juvenile Court each year.  The externship provides students an opportunity to work in the juvenile court in which court proceedings are closed to the public.

735-A. Indiana Legal Services Externship – Gary or South Bend, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides a student with a valuable work experience and interaction with multiple attorneys experienced in family law and elder law working at Indiana Legal Services in either Gary or South Bend, IN.  The student extern would work on a variety of civil law cases of low income clients.  The extern would have client contact, accompany attorneys to court and participate as able.  The extern would also research and write necessary legal memoranda.

736-A. EPA Externship – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to obtain practical experience in environmental law by performing legal research and writing to support counseling and enforcement work at the Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. EPA Region V. Externs may also attend negotiations and/or oral arguments. Externs must work at least 16 hours per week during the school year.   Prerequisite: Law 448 Environmental Law and prefer a genuine interest in environmental issues.

737-A. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Externship – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with an opportunity to work with the EEOC’s Volunteer Service program in one or more divisions:  1) Legal Unit, 2) Administrative Judges, 3) ADR; and 4) Enforcement-Investigation.  Work assignments in the various divisions will include legal research, interviewing clients, investigating complaints, preparing witnesses for trial, drafting motions and trial briefs, assisting the administrative judge in hearings, and participating in mediations, judicial decision drafting. Course pre- or co-requisites are an employment law class (i.e., Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Administrative Law or Civil Rights Legislation).

738-A. Rush University Medical Center Externship – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides a student with a valuable work experience in a major health care system.  Rush is an academic medical center that encompasses an 824-bed hospital and Rush University. Rush provides externships in four of its departments: Legal Affairs, Risk Management, Corporate Compliance and the HIPAA Privacy Office.  The work assigned to an extern will generally be of the same nature as that given to a first-year associate.

739-A.  Hammond Legal Aid Clinic – Hammond, IN. Cr. 2-3

Student will research legal issues and prepare legal memoranda, interview witnesses to determine eligibility and whether clinic is able to provide assistance. Student will gain real legal experience with people who need legal help and are unable to afford it.  Student may have the opportunity to observe local government meetings related to the Legal Aid Clinic, such as “Mayor’s Night Out,” Commissioners’ meetings.  Pretrial Skills or Trial Practice is preferred, but not required.

740-A.  Northern  Indiana Federal Community Defender – Hammond, IN. Cr. 2-3

Student will work on investigation including witness interviews, discovery review, internet search, etc.  Client contact includes interviews with family, jail visits, and office visits.  Research with finding cases, written memorandum, and suppression motions.

741-A. Department of Homeland Security Externship* – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides second-year or third-year students with an interest in immigration law the opportunity to work under the supervision of an attorney in the District Counsel’s Office in Chicago.  The Department of Homeland Security combined the Customs Office and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) after 9/11.  Provides the student with a broad range of matters relating to the importation of goods into the U.S., including criminal investigations and duty assessment disputes.   Student externs will work with traditional customs matters such as the valuation and classification of imported goods and will also advise customs officials on administrative law questions and criminal procedure questions.   The activities will include assisting office counsel in trial preparation, trial attendance, the drafting of appellate briefs, and the evaluation of new case files (particularly asylum requests).

Important Note: Various externships may have courses/guidelines as a pre- or co-requisite. Students selected to work for the federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, ATF, FTC, etc.) that require an extensive background check must commit to the employer before the background check is started. Failure to fulfill that commitment will disqualify students from further participation in the externship program. These government agencies also require students to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

742-A. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Externship – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 3

Provides students with an interest in tax litigation to work under the supervision of experienced tax lawyers at the Chicago District Counsel Office of the Internal Revenue Service. Externs provide research assistance to attorneys on substantive tax issues. Students may have the opportunity to attend regular Tax Court sessions, small tax “S” calendar sessions and Bankruptcy Court proceedings where tax claims are at issue. Students MUST work a minimum of 150 hours and take into consideration the commute time to Chicago.  Course Pre- or Co-Requisite: Individual Income Tax or Corp/Partnership Tax.

745-A. Public Guardian Externship – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to work with a government, public-interest agency assisting elderly and disabled wards of the court.  The work experience includes drafting petitions, motions, and other court papers; research; observing court proceedings; tax and title searches on real property; working with attorneys on litigation and discovery, field work, and if Illinois 711-licensed, attend court, motion practice and work on a trial.  Prerequisite: Law 487 Elder Law.

749-A. DuPage County Public Defender – Wheaton, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to represent indigent persons accused of a crime.  Depending on the types of cases pending, externs can experience drafting legal documents and memos, observe oral arguments, prepare for trial, negotiate, interview witnesses, develop case strategy, argue motions, observe trials, work with clients, research, participate in pretrial or case status conferences, diagnose clients’ problems, participate in bar association activities and argue motions or appeals.

751-A. Indiana Attorney General Externship – Indianapolis, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to shadow attorneys for the State of Indiana.  Externs work in one of several divisions; Appeals, Consumer Protection, Advisory, Environmental, Government Litigation, or Telephone Privacy.

752-A. University of Notre Dame Externship – South Bend, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students the opportunity to work in the Office of General Counsel at Notre Dame University.  Students will be involved in legal research, preparing motions, and writing memoranda, pleadings and contracts for the University. Prefer student with interest in education law and academia.

753-A.  Indiana Court of Appeals – Indianapolis, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides a student with a valuable experience as a judicial law clerk in the appellate process.   The extern would serve as a judicial law clerk along with the judge’s other law clerks in the State Capitol building and affords the opportunity to work with experienced jurists and hone legal research and writing skills.

754-A. Lake County Public Defender – Crown Point, IN. Cr. 2-3

Students will work in the Lake County Government Complex with the Office of the Public Defender.  Field supervisor prefers students to work entire school year in this externship.  Students work closely with the attorneys in the office to research and prepare legal memoranda.

757-A. Law Library Externship – Valparaiso, IN.   Cr. 2-3

Student will work with the law librarians as part of the team that responds to the information needs of the law school faculty and students.  This will include answering reference questions, creating and testing assignments for the first-year legal research class, and participating in various aspects of law library operations such as acquisitions, collection development, collection maintenance, and circulation.  The extern will job-shadow each librarian to observe operations from the perspective of technical and public services.  The experience will include field trips to other academic and firm law libraries.  The written work product will include assignments to be used in legal research classes and guides to the library. Pre-Requisite:  Advanced Legal Research.

759-A.  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – Indianapolis, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with an opportunity to work for the EEOC Legal Unit and be supervised by a Senior Trial Attorney.  Assignments include legal research, interviewing clients, preparing witnesses for trial, drafting motions and trial briefs, and assisting the supervising attorney in trial.  In addition, externs will assist the administrative judge with hearings and participate in the Enforcement-Investigation Unit.

760-A.  Kid’s Law – Fort Wayne, IN. Cr. 2-3

Student extern will gain hands on experience: interviewing clients, preparing cases, reporting to court for observation of child custody trials, and preparing drafts of motions, appeals, etc.

761-A. Bankruptcy Externship – Gary or South Bend, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students the opportunity of working on a close personal basis with a federal bankruptcy court judge.  It enables students to observe the day-to-day routine of a bankruptcy judge; engage in professional dialogues with the bankruptcy judge; and become involved in particular problems and their resolution.  Students also prepare memorandums and perform legal research for the bankruptcy judges.

762-A.  Cook County State’s Attorney – Chicago & Markham, IL. Cr. 2-3

Students may work with attorneys in the felony trial unit of the Narcotics Prosecution Bureau in the Chicago office. Students will research legal issues, draft legal memoranda, observe mediation, conduct discovery and prepare for trial.

763. Lawyers for the Creative Arts – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity to provide legal services to all arts disciplines.  The program is designed to enable students to draft legal documents, work with clients, research legal issues, draft memoranda, observe mediations and diagnose clients’ problems.  Experience will be gained in contracts and Intellectual Property.

764-A.  City of South Bend Legal Dept. – South Bend, IN. Cr. 2-3

The Legal Dept. provides legal advice and representation for the Mayor and all City departments, boards, commissions and agencies. Student will work on research and writing primarily and will see the inner workings of a city legal department with a variety of legal aspects.  Will prepare research memos on point of law, but could work on pleadings and might be involved in discovery, depositions and some trial preparation. Student may have the opportunity to conduct discovery and observe trials.  Administrative Law is not required, but is helpful.

765-A. Michigan Supreme Court – MI. Cr. 2-3

Students participate in a variety of research and writing projects under the supervision of the judge’s law clerks. Projects may include reviewing lower court records, applications for leave to appeal, and draft opinions, reading parties’ written briefs, and drafting case memoranda for the judge’s review.  Students may assist with the drafting of opinions and may travel with the judge to events across the state, including oral arguments, weekly Court conferences, and judicial investitures and State Bar functions.

766-A.  Intellectual Property – Hartman Global IP – Valparaiso IN. Cr. 2-3

Students with an interest in intellectual property, specifically patents will research legal matters related to these areas and draft memos to assist 3-attorney law firm with patent law issues. Course  Pre-Requisite: Intellectual Property, Patent Law or licensed engineer.

767-A. Chicago Immigration Law Externship – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

The office of Marian S. K. Ming & Associates specializes in the legal problems of the first generation immigrants.  The extern will deal with actual cases, starting with interviewing clients, collecting evidence, drafting and filing complaints, observing court proceedings, obtaining final court orders, etc. The research done for the case will be the written work product for each student.  Student may have the opportunity to attend Immigration Court.  Prefer third-year student and Spanish skills are required.

768-A. Federal Highway Administration Externship – Olympia Fields, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Provides students with the opportunity of working with the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The Federal Highway Administration, by virtue of its mandate, is charged with the environmentally sensitive development of the nation’s principal transportation network.  As such, it is the frequent target of litigation under our environmental laws, and thus it is an excellent place to learn both sides of this type of litigation.

769-A.  Federal Trade Commission – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 3

Externs in the Midwest Region participate in all aspects of the office’s work and provides an inside look at working for the federal government.  Assignments vary depending on the nature and status of the office’s cases during the extern’s semester.  Typical assignments include: identifying unlawful practices and law enforcement targets, often through Internet research; gathering documentary evidence against potential defendants; interviewing consumer victims; drafting declarations to be filed in federal court; drafting federal court pleadings and papers; attending federal court hearings, and attending settlement negotiations.*

Important Note: Various externships may have courses/guidelines as a pre- or co-requisite. Students selected to work for the federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, ATF, FTC, etc.) that require an extensive background check must commit to the employer before the background check is started. Failure to fulfill that commitment will disqualify students from further participation in the externship program. These government agencies also require students to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

770-A. U.S. Attorney Externship* – South Bend, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Students will work with the Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) in both criminal and civil matters.  It is recommended that the student receive the Indiana Rule 2.1 certification so they may argue motions and conduct trials under the supervision of AUSA.  Students will research legal issues, draft appellate briefs and other legal memoranda, observe trials and oral arguments.  Student must be willing and able to pass security and background clearance.

771-A. NCAA Externship – Indianapolis, IN.  Cr. 2-3

The NCAA enforcement staff enforces the rules regulated by the member institutions.  The extern will be a part of the major violations investigative team in the office only, but will assist in advancing their cases.  The extern will review recorded testimony of witnesses and memorialize it, review interview transcripts for accuracy. The extern will prepare limited case correspondence and assist in research projects. The extern will observe pre-hearings and hearings.

774-A. NFL Oakland Raiders Football Club Externship – Alameda, CA.  Cr. 3

Provides students with an opportunity to work 6-7 weeks during the summer with the Oakland Raiders Football Club in their legal department.  In addition to conducting research and writing, externs will become involved in arbitrating disputes that arise under the collective bargaining agreement.  They will also assist in interviewing witnesses and preparing them for direct and cross-examination, participate at the arbitration hearing, and write post-hearing briefs.

775-A.  Legal Aid of Western Michigan – Kalamazoo, MI.  Cr. 2-3

The Legal Services provide free legal counsel, advice and representation to low income persons and seniors in non-criminal, non-fee generating matters. Student will work on complaints, pleadings, and briefs. There will be opportunity for client contact, observation of trials and developing case strategy.

777-A.  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms* – Chicago, IL. Cr. 2-3

The ATF is a Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Justice.  Externs can expect to research criminal issues with a focus on search and seizure, firearms, explosives, and arson laws.  Draft documents including research memos and notices revoking firearms/explosive licenses.  May be asked to assist in hearings and meetings with inspectors and/or agents.  An extern is assigned to an experienced attorney who bears primary responsibility for assigning work, monitoring the quantity, quality and timeliness of the work.  Course Pre-Requisite: Evidence, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Administrative Law is helpful, but not required.  NOTE: Students must pass an intensive background check to be accepted into the program and must commit to the employer when that background check is started.  No exceptions.

Important Note: Various externships may have courses/guidelines as a pre- or co-requisite. Students selected to work for the federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, ATF, FTC, etc.) that require an extensive background check must commit to the employer before the background check is started. Failure to fulfill that commitment will disqualify students from further participation in the externship program. These government agencies also require students to be a U.S. citizen to apply.

778-A. Marion County Public Defender – Indianapolis, IN. Cr. 2-3

The Agency was formed by statute in 1993 with the first full year of operation in 1994. The Agency represents indigent clients in all areas of Marion County major felony courts, all D felony courts, all misdemeanor courts, Title IV D court, juvenile courts, termination of parental rights/children in need of services cases and all criminal appeals.  In 2003, the office handled over 33,000 cases in the criminal justice system.  Students will draft motions, orders and subpoenas, interview witnesses and observe court proceedings.  Course pre-requisites:  Evidence and Legal Profession.

780-A. Starke County Prosecutor – Knox, IN. Cr. 2-3

Student will conduct legal research, draft motions and supporting memoranda; develop a criminal case in preparation for trial; develop projects for the office, e.g., arrest forfeiture program, crime investigation protocols, and research databanks; review police reports and draft charges and probably cause affidavits; job shadow prosecutor and deputies; make contact with witnesses in preparation for trial.  Pre-Requisite: Criminal Law

783-A. Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services – Chicago, IL. Cr. 2-3

The Dept. was established in 1964.  Students will work with a variety of attorneys in preparing the case files for clients. This may include reviewing the investigation, preparing witness list, filing appearances, motions to produce and various subpoenas. Student will conduct legal research and writing short memoranda of law; prepare pleadings, responses to subpoenas; interview witnesses; and summarize depositions.

784-A. Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office – Elkhart, IN. Cr. 2-3

Student will learn elements of crimes, rules of evidence and charging considerations. Student will evaluate investigations for criminal charges and preparation thereof; understand and apply pre-trial procedures for case preparation, assist in trial preparation, conduct research projects, observe trials and hearings.  Course pre-requisites:  Criminal procedure, criminal law and evidence.

785-A. Illinois Attorney General’s Office – Chicago, IL. Cr. 2-3

The office provides an opportunity for students to improve their skills and knowledge in such areas as consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals and criminal law enforcement.  Externs work closely with the attorneys to investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues and draft legal memoranda, correspondence and pleadings. Students who qualify for an Illinois 711 license may appear in court under the supervision of an Asst. Attorney General.

786-A.  Indianapolis Legal Services – Indianapolis, IN. Cr. 2-3

Provides a student with a valuable work experience in the field of elder law working at Legal Services Organization of Indiana, Inc. in Indianapolis, IN.  Initially, the student extern assigned to the Senior Law Project will have initial client interview responsibilities.  The extern will participate in the project’s case meetings and will be assigned a caseload of clients, representing those clients in a variety of areas ranging from Medicaid administrative hearings to consumer related negotiations.  The Senior Law Project will offer the extern a fairly broad exposure to a variety of other legal matters including health care law, guardianships and planning for incapacity through use of advance directives, housing, social security, and other income maintenance issues.

787-A.  Social Security Administration – Fort Wayne, IN. Cr. 2-3

Students would review and summarize the evidence in case files, preparing a detailed written report for the Administrative Law Judge.  The student will have the opportunity to observe hearings.  The student will draft decisions in cases that are fully favorable to the claimant.  Administrative Law is preferred, but not required.

788-A. Marion County Prosecutor’s Office – Indianapolis, IN. Cr. 2-3

The MCPO handles the state level prosecution of all criminal offenses committed in Marion County.  Students will assist in specialty divisions such as general felony, sex crimes/child abuse, drug court, grand jury, gangs/guns, domestic violence, D-felony/ misdemeanor, juvenile court, child support, community prosecutors.  Students will research legal issues in order to draft legal memoranda, interview witnesses, participate in pre-trial or case status conferences, develop case strategy, and observe trials and negotiations.  Students are encouraged to be court certified under Indiana Rule 2.1.

789-A. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – Washington, DC. Cr. 2-3

The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) externship is tailored for law students with an interest in trademark law and the U.S. trademark registration process and related intellectual property issues.  The extern primarily supports the trademark examining operation, with trademark attorneys who are responsible for determining the registrability of trademarks.

790-A. Equip for Equality – Chicago, IL. Cr. 2-3

The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education. Students will primarily conduct client interviews and provide legal advice, self-advocacy assistance, information and referral and case file management.  Extern will conduct legal research on issues that arise from the client interview and draft legal memoranda as needed.

792-A National Immigrant Justice Center – Chicago, IL, 2-3

Students who are interested in Immigration Law will work with the Refugee and Asylum Law Externship offered by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).  Students attend (one night a week) classes held in the evening and will be assigned an asylum case to prepare for presentation before the Asylum Office. At the end of the program, each student will file an application with the Department of Homeland Security and accompany his or her client to the interview at the Asylum Office. Fluency in a second language is very helpful, but is not a requirement. The program is held in the school year only.

793-A Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office – Danville, IN, 2-3

Students will assist with the preparation of court cases, learn to do discovery responses, attend depositions, draft pleadings, observe in court.  If certified as a Legal Intern, student will handle some traffic cases and bond hearings, initial hearings and assist in town courts or attend local government meetings.

794-A Office of the Governor of Indiana, Indianapolis – IN, 2-3

The student will work closely with the General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel and will be responsible for researching ongoing and new topics.  The topics vary due to current issues in state government. The extern may research constitutional law and state constitutional law and apply them to current state government issues. Student may review contracts, settlements and partake in the administrative rule-making process.  Student may draft memoranda for various attorneys in the legal office.

795-A American Medical Association – Chicago, IL. 2-3

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides students the opportunity to work with both health and corporate law attorneys while providing support for ongoing projects and initiatives within the OGC.  Work includes health and corporate law matters, appropriate to divisional need and the preference of the extern.  Students may also have the opportunity to research and draft memoranda on various health and corporate law issues; interact with AMA physician members and AMA staff in an assortment of divisions; attend educational sessions; and prepare briefs and materials for litigation.  This externship is available in the summer only and requires the extern to work full time.

796 -A U.S. Department of Energy – Argonne, IL. 2-3

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) handle patent prosecution covering multiple DOE laboratories across the country, in matters related to intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, proprietary data, invention management, technology transfer and contract and license reviews and negotiation.  Students will be assigned independent assignments such as to draft patent applications and patentability evaluations, as well as, respond to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions under the supervision of patent attorneys.  A hard science degree is required.

797- A Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) – Valparaiso, IN. 2-3

The Hoosier Environmental Council merged with LEAF (formerly Legal Environmental Aid Foundation) in 2012 and HEC is a non-profit, public interest environmental law center that supports community efforts to protect and sustain Indiana’s natural legacy. HEC promotes environmental conservation and sustainable natural resource management by providing low cost or pro bono legal representation to local residents in rural and urban communities, citizen groups and environmental organizations working to protect Indiana’s natural resources.  Assisting clients in traditional grassroots organizing to mobilize citizen action and build lasting relationships that empower local communities. Students will perform legal research, draft legal memoranda, pleadings, motions and discovery and help prepare for administrative and judicial proceedings involving citizen enforcement actions brought under federal and state environmental laws. Students will also have the opportunity to attend city council and county plan commission meetings and hearings with HEC’s clients contesting local zoning and land use decisions. Course Pre-Requisite:  Environmental Law & Policy.

799-A Potter Shelley and Co – Cambridge, UK, Summer only.  1 credit only

The firm is located in England and to participate, student must be enrolled in the Valpo Law Cambridge Summer Program.  The firm deals solely with criminal matters from the police station to appeal courts.  Firm is noted as the criminal law specialist in Huntingdon and Cambridge.  Through job shadowing and independent assignments, students will participate in observation, research and preparation for court, both Magistrate and Crown Court.  Students may attend “appeals statement taking conference,” and prepare applications for clients.  As well as interviewing witnesses, develop case strategy, prepare for trial, observe oral arguments, mediations and trials, write trial briefs and participate in pre-trial or case status conferences.

801-B Ft. Lauderdale City Prosecutor’s Office – Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  2-3

Student will work with the City of Fort Lauderdale Prosecutor through job shadowing and independent assignments such as conducting research, prepare memorandum of law, trial preparation, initiate contact with witnesses, victims and police officers. Students may also attend court, prepare for and conduct trial, cover arraignment and calendar call hearings and respond to demand for discovery, as directed.  If qualified, student may apply for the Florida Student Practice License in which students will qualify to directly provide representation to clients in litigation under the supervision of a lawyer.

801-C Heirs Property Preservation – Durham, NC.  2-3

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is spearheading efforts in North Carolina to gather empirical data on the extent of the problem of heirs’ property loss, to identify families in need of assistance, and to coordinate the activities of the Heirs Property Preservation Center, including coastal community litigation.  Students must have completed their second year of law school  Externs’ tasks may include: data collection and evaluation; client interviews, education and counseling; legal research; memorandum and pleading preparation; development of property preservation and case strategy.

801-D Maricopa Co. Attorney’s Office – Phoenix, AZ.  2-3

As one of the largest prosecution agencies in the nation, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office provides student externs with a wide array of opportunities to observe and participate in the criminal justice system. Externs prepare plea agreements, respond to criminal defense motions, prepare state’s pleadings, attend witness interviews and conferences with the court.  Students will assist prosecutors in trial, prepare exhibits and conduct legal research.  Certified students have the opportunity to handle matters on the record pursuant to Rule 38 of the Arizona Supreme Court.

801-E Public Defender Service – Washington, DC. 2-3

Student externs will be working in an environment which serves to provide legal representation to low income DC residents who are charged with violating criminal laws. Student extern would be assigned to two staff attorneys in the trial division, conducting legal research and writing motions, memos, Brady requests, meeting with clients, court observation.  Students may attend and participate in pre-trial conferences.

801-F Denton Co Criminal District Attorney’s Office – Denton, TX.  2-3

The Office handles the prosecution of all Class A and B misdemeanors, and all levels of felony criminal offenses occurring in Denton Co, TX.  The Office is also the legal representation for the county in civil matters.  The office is comprised of more than fifty attorneys divided into the following divisions:  Civil, Appellate, Misdemeanor, Felony, Juvenile, Family and Intake. The trial division attorneys handle the criminal prosecution in five district courts and five county criminal courts. Student Externs will prepare misdemeanor cases for trial. Review defense motions, and preparing and filing responses and pretrial motions. Contacting witnesses. Reviewing evidence, particularly videotapes in Driving While Intoxicated cases. Preparing for and attending routine plea, arraignment and announcement dockets. Observing criminal trials and hearings in county criminal courts, justice of the peace courts and mental health court. Conducting research and possibly drafting legal briefs to the trial court on pretrial issues.

825-A Wisconsin Department of Justice* – Madison, WI.  2-3

The externship offers students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in litigation and public advocacy at the Department of Justice. Externs will work in civil rights, environmental protection, consumer protection, criminal prosecution, antitrust, employment, government operations, administrative law, bankruptcy, contracts, property, constitutional law, personal injury, Medicaid fraud and medical malpractice – at the administrative, trial and appellate levels.

826-A Gary Housing Authority – Gary, IN. 2-3

The GHA is a municipal corporation organized by the City of Gary under the laws of the state of Indiana to provide subsidized housing to low income citizens of the City of Gary and senior citizens. The extern will assist new GHA tenants to understand the lease terms; work with GHA property managers and attorneys in prosecuting evictions; and negotiating extended payment plans. Extern will review and draft briefs on grievances filed by GHA employees. Extern will review issues related to collective bargaining between GHA and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

827-A First Source Bank – Valparaiso, IN. 2-3

Students work with the Personal Asset management group to review legal documents (generally trust agreements) and provide a written synopsis for use by trust administrators.  Students will research relevant statutory and case law in response to specific questions regarding fiduciary accounts and provide hands-on support for dealing with probate estates and living trusts after the death of the grantor.

828-A Municipal Law, City of Valparaiso – Valparaiso, IN.  2-3

Students work with the City Attorney of Valparaiso to draft legal documents, work with clients, observe and participate in local government meetings. Student may have the opportunity to job-shadow the City Attorney as schedules permit.

830-A Chicago Park District Externship – Chicago, IL.  2-3

Students work with the Law Department to handle claims filed against the Park District in both municipal & law divisions, as well as federal court.  The Law Dept handles real estate issues, tax matters, labor & employment issues, workers’ compensation claims, contracts, 1st Amendment issues and municipal finance transactions.

831-A Palm Beach State’s Attorney – West Palm Beach, FL. 3

Students assist felony attorneys in preparing their cases for discovery, motions and trials. The extern will help prepare score sheets pursuant to the sentencing guidelines. The student will also assist with legal research on a variety of issues and help prepare motions for responses.  Extern will observe trials and negotiations.

832-A Loyola University Medical Center – Chicago, IL.  2-3

Students will assist the Associate General Counsel at the hospital, research legal issues, draft legal memoranda and legislation, write opinions, observe negotiations, work with clients, and conduct discovery.

833-A Illinois Association of School Boards – Lombard, IL.  1-2

Students advise the IASB as a general counsel, write sample school board policies and legal articles for IASB publications, assist with legislative issues, and provide legal information to its member school boards, training school board members and school administrators. Students assist the Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA) – a large network of attorneys representing Illinois school districts. Students also draft documents, attend in-house training, observe local government meetings, participate in IASB activities, and research legal issues.

834-A Best Friends Animal Society Externship – Chicago, IL.  2

Students analyze bills that concern animal welfare that were signed into law, assist in drafting legislation, research animal welfare laws, and draft ordinances and memoranda. Students occasionally would have the opportunity to observe animal abuse court cases in the city of Chicago. Students keep in contact through phone and email on a daily or weekly basis.

835-A Chicago Legal Clinic Externship, Chicago, IL. 2-3

Students work directly with an attorney on cases, including discussing the case, training in a particular area of law, and assignments such as talking with clients. Students also are responsible for drafting correspondence pleadings and motions, legal research, and accompanying the attorney to court.

836-A Center for Disability & Elder Law Externship – Chicago, IL.   2-3

Students are exposed to all aspects of the practice, including conducting intake interviews, case management, participation in CDEL-sponsored workshops, drafting legal documents and memoranda, and participating in the pro se help desk.

837-A Valparaiso University Counsel Externship –Valparaiso, IN.  2-3

Students primarily are responsible for doing legal research on the wide array of legal matters that concern higher education.  The students also attend client meetings, counsel on preventative law, observe and participate in negotiations, and draft memoranda.  The work produced is primarily legal memos. Students may also be assigned to work with the Department of Human Resources on employment law and health care issues.

838-A Valparaiso University Athletic Dept. NCAA Externship –Valparaiso, IN. 2

Students produce documents that would not only be used in the office, but also in the Department. Students help in evaluating current policies and putting in place new policies the students help to create. Students also work on explaining interpretations and legislative proposals that are issued during the course of the externship. Other responsibilities include attending and aiding in departmental training sessions, reviewing and prepping staff on recent legal decisions and NCAA interpretations, working with staff on implementing department’s new agent and amateurism policy, and researching and reporting to staff on best practices for initial and continuing eligibility waivers.

839-A Indiana State Police – Lowell, IN.   Cr. 2-3

Students will prepare drafts of memoranda recording results of research, prepare letters in response to legal process and draft legal documents for courts use, including motions and affidavits.  Normal responsibilities include review and response to subpoena and document requests, memoranda on search and seizure issues, administrative law matters, including preparation and prosecution of firearms permitting matter and investigations and identification of areas of concerns in civil liability.

841-A Notre Dame Athletic Department – Notre Dame, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Students will perform general legal work related to athletics (e.g., review contracts, prepare contract templates, catalog existing contracts), and will perform work related to NCAA compliance, including monitoring and interpretations of the NCAA regulations.

842-A U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor– Chicago, IL.  Cr. 3.

This externship provides broad experience including attending trials, mediations, and depositions.  Externs would draft legal documents, conduct research, conduct discovery, and participate in trial preparation.

843-A Farmworker Landscaper & Advocacy Project-Chicago, IL. Cr. 2-3

FLAP serves the landscaping and agricultural worker communities in northern Illinois on employment law issues. Students conduct legal research and compose memoranda; draft complaints and other pleadings, discovery, demand letters and settlement agreements; investigate claims; gather facts from clients; answer clients’ substantive and procedural questions; maintain client files with updated information; analyze legal claims and calculate damages; and update community legal education pamphlets. May work on trials if they arise during the semester and student has opportunity.

844-A Biomet- Warsaw, IN. Cr. 3

Biomet is a global industry leader in the manufacture and sale of orthopedic devices. Students will review advertisements and promotions for compliance with federal and state regulations prior to publication in brochures, videos, or on Biomet’s website; reviewing warning letters and government investigations to determine if the investigation effects the way Biomet promotes its products; research regulations and draft internal memoranda summarizing relevant laws.

845-A Will County State’s Attorney – Joliet, IL. Cr. 3

Students will work with attorneys on trials and motions in the courtroom along with work on negotiations, the types of cases range from petty traffic matters to felonies. The extern will assist with research, file preparation, draft motions and other office projects. The extern may potentially assist in civil and juvenile issues. Most of the work experience is performed inside the courtroom.

846- A Illinois Department of Human Services – Chicago, IL. Cr. 2-3

Student externs will work primarily in the Division of Administrative Hearings and Rules within the Office of the General Counsel.  They will perform legal research, draft/edit administrative code regulations governing the Department’s administrative hearings; conduct administrative hearings as well as analyze records and draft/edit decisions for such hearings.  Students may also observe oral arguments, participate in bar association activities, draft legislation and participate in local government meetings.

847-A  Illinois Human Rights Commission – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

The extern will research and provide preliminary drafts of the Commission orders; provide written briefs of cases for presentation to HRC Commissioners; attend Commission meetings, observe HRC administrative law judges during motion calls, hearing and settlement conferences; and complete research projects, producing written memoranda as a result.  Externs will produce orders, memos and case briefings.  Externs may apply for the Illinois 711 license, if qualified.

848-A  Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WI.  Cr. 2-3

Student externs are directly involved in all facets of the practice and participate as team members with supervising attorneys.  As new cases are presented or in ongoing litigation, the student is involved in client interviews, research and writing, drafting pleadings & attending court proceedings.

850-A Chicago Board of Education – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Student externs will conduct legal research, draft basic agreements with attorney supervision, prepare pleadings and motions, and with 711 license, appear before administrative agencies.  Work in one of these four divisions: Real Estate, Litigation, School Law and Transactions.

851-A Cook County Public Defender – Chicago, IL.  Cr. 2-3

Student externs will assist the Public Defender who provides legal representation in the areas of criminal, misdemeanor, juvenile justice, child protection, paternity, appeals, post-conviction and traffic cases.  Externs will conduct legal research and prepare legal memoranda to assist attorneys.

852-A Crane (Naval Warfare Service Center) – Crane, IN. Cr. 2-3

Student externs will participate in meetings with inventors in patent drafting and prosecution work.  Externs will complete projects to include patent drafting and preparing responses to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office correspondence.  Pre-Requisite:  Technical/Hard Science or Engineering undergraduate degree.

854-A Indiana Department of Revenue – Indianapolis, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Student externs can expect to draft letters of findings, memoranda of decisions, and other legal memos for review by senior hearing officers and by their field supervisor.  Externs may also gain experience with drafting or reviewing various documents submitted during the course of tax court proceedings. Externs will work with a legal team and can expect to contribute to the advancement of IDOR Legal’s objectives by working with several different members of the team.  Prefer applicants with an interest in tax.

855-A Indiana Supreme Court – Indianapolis, IN. Cr. 2-3

Students will work with Justice Steven David’s law clerk to draft legal documents , observe chambers conferences, write memos, Petitions to Transfer, prepare memos to Oral Arguments, framing issues for both sides, as well as, presenting questions to ask both sides, write opinions and observe Oral Arguments.

856-A City of Chicago Department of Law – Chicago, IL. Cr. 2-3

All externs will draft research legal issues and draft legal documents.  Student externs may work in the following divisions:  Litigation Division – in which the extern will write memos, motions, briefs.  If 711 licensed, student will be able to go to court. Transaction Division – extern will draft documents and research legal issues.  Prosecution Division – If 711 licensed, extern will go to court.

857-A Franciscan Alliance, Department of Legal and Regulatory Affairs – Crown Point, IN. Cr. 2-3

Extern will research into questions of general law including real estate, tax, human resources, litigation and specialty areas of health law including medical staff, regulatory compliance and health law reform, including the Affordable Care Act. Written work will include legal memoranda and analysis.

858-A Cass County Prosecutor – Cassopolis, MI. Cr. 2-3

Student extern will conduct legal research and draft memoranda on a wide variety of criminal and constitutional law issues.  Extern may have opportunity to attend jury trials in district, family court and argue motions in felony court.

859-A Northern Illinois University Athletics Department, DeKalb, IL. Cr. 2-3.

Extern will work closely with the Deputy Director of Athletics and receive practical experience in the area of sports law and intercollegiate athletic administration and specifically, NCAA compliance monitoring and institutional control, with an emphasis on managing NCAA investigations and the self-reporting process.

TBD-Kane Co. State’s Attorney – St. Charles, IL. Cr. 3

Student externs should qualify for the Illinois 711 license, and as such, will have the opportunity to assist attorneys in court with cases, help prepare witnesses for trial and participate in trials and motions in court with an Assistant State’s Attorney. Student externs would be required to research and write legal memoranda.

TBD – Juvenile Justice Center – South Bend, IN.  Cr. 2-3

Student extern will work with juveniles in all phases of their cases – detention, initial & disposition.  Externs will meet with juveniles, parents/guardians, prosecutor, probation and all parties involved in the case.  May work on child support cases where the public defender is appointed to represent the parent who is ordered to pay child support.  Extern may also work C.H.I.N.S. cases when child has been abused or neglected in the eyes of the Dept. of Child Services.

Law 725-859 Externship Guidelines – Two (2) or Three (3) Credits

I.    Educational Objectives

A.    Externships have as their educational objectives:

1.    To promote student understanding of the law in an applied setting by involving the student in decision-making, problem-solving, and strategizing;

2.    To enhance the student’s professional skills in areas such as client interviewing and counseling, negotiating, research, legal drafting and writing, and advocating; and

3.    To provide the student an opportunity for critical reflection on the attorney’s role in various legal institutions and in society from the unique perspective of a participant-observer.

II.    Eligibility

A.    Students who have successfully completed their first year of law school, or students who have successfully completed 30 credits, may participate in an externship of 3 or fewer credits.

B.    Students participating in externships should be able to demonstrate academic excellence commensurate with the externship to the Director of Externships as appropriate, and to the Associate Dean.  The student must otherwise be in good standing with Valparaiso University Law School.

C.    Students may be required to take the Legal Profession course as a pre- or co-requisite.  Students enrolled in prosecutor’s offices externships must also take Evidence and Criminal Procedure: Investigation as a pre- or co-requisite.  In addition, other course pre- or co-requisites may apply depending on the particular externship (see externship descriptions for additional pre- or co-requisites).

D.    Some placements may require a security clearance or direct application to the placement.  When students must pass an intensive background check to be accepted into the program, they must commit to the employer when that background check is started.  There will be no exceptions.

E.    Students may not earn more than a total of 9 hours in externship credits (up to 3 different placements for 3 credits).

F.    A third year student enrolled in more than three hours of an S/U externship in any semester may not exercise the S/U option for any graded course.

G.    Academic credit is never awarded retroactively for work already undertaken before a student enters an approved externship placement; all externships must be approved first by the Curriculum Committee and then by the faculty.

H.    To be selected to participate in an externship, students must go through the appropriate application process, detailed in Part III below.

III.    Application Process

A.    Students must check Symplicity throughout the semester as extern openings will be posted in Job Openings and they may consult the descriptions of available externships from the Director of Experiential Education. Symplicity and the job descriptions will indicate which application process to follow.  Many externship supervisors select externs each spring for the following three semesters; summer, fall, or spring. Selected field supervisors choose to conduct on-campus interviews in the spring to choose next year’s student externs.  There is also an Externship Expo held in the spring to introduce students to some of the extern employers who typically do not conduct interviews on campus.

B.    Interested students must complete the “Externship Application Form,” which is available online and, in addition, complete any application form or process required by a particular Field Supervisor.  At the time of completing the “Externship Application Form,” the Registrar will verify the academic information supplied on the form.

C.    Students will submit their completed “Externship Application Form” to the Registrar to add the course to their schedule.

1.    Field Supervisors will choose their externs through various processes.   The Director of Experiential Education will administer the campus interviews conducted by selected Field Supervisors.  The Director will notify student externs of their selection and send a copy of the notice to the Registrar.  Students must interview with and be selected by their placement Field Supervisors no later than the first day of semester classes.

D.    Valparaiso University Law School cannot guarantee any student an externship placement, or guarantee students their choice of a particular placement.

IV.    Registration

A.    Registration is conditional upon and subject to acceptance into one of the externship placements.  Registration is limited depending on placement availability.  After the application process is completed, the Director, will inform the Registrar of students who have been accepted as externs.  Only students who are selected as externs will be permitted to register for the externship.  Students shall plan to meet with their Faculty Supervisor/Director during the first week of classes at an Orientation meeting to receive any special instructions and assignments regarding their externships.  Unless informed otherwise, students should make arrangements with the Field Supervisor to begin work during the first week of classes.

B.    Permission to withdraw from an externship requires the written permission of the Field Supervisor and the Experiential Education Director.  A student may drop an externship or change the enrolled credits only during the drop-add period in any semester and only with the advance approval of the Director and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Discretion rests with the Faculty Supervisor to administratively withdraw any student having unexcused absences at the placement or assigned meetings with the Faculty Supervisor.  What constitutes an unexcused absence shall be within the discretion of the Faculty Supervisor.  Students may add an externship only within the first week of classes and only with the permission of the Director and the Field Supervisor.

V.     Requirements

A.    Student externs are required to work at least 45 hours per credit awarded for the externship experience.  For example, for a three credit externship, a student must work 135 hours, or approximately 10 hours per week for the 13 week semester.  Individual Faculty Supervisors may require more hours to be worked than stated in this paragraph. These hours do not include time spent fulfilling the other requirements of the externship such as maintaining a log, work product file, journal, and filing evaluations.

B.    Students may not receive compensation for their work in an externship.  Students may not obtain credit for externship participation at a placement where they are gainfully employed during the externship period.  This also applies to students who qualify and receive the Summer Public Interest Scholarship (SPIS).

C.    Each student shall maintain a daily log in which the student designates the amount of time spent together with a brief description of the activity, i.e., designating the type of case and legal issues the student is exploring (all confidential information shall be redacted).  The daily log shall be submitted periodically to the Field Supervisor for signature.  The Faculty Supervisor shall review the student’s daily log at least twice during the course of the semester.

D.    Students shall maintain a file of the work product they produce in the externship and shall submit the file at least twice during the semester for review by the Faculty Supervisor.  Confidential information shall be redacted as required by the Field Supervisor.

E.    Each student extern shall submit to the Director of Experiential Education an evaluation of the externship placement, Field Supervisor, and Faculty Supervisor at the close of the externship on a form supplied by the Director.  The student evaluation will not be read by the Field Supervisor or by the Faculty Supervisor until after a grade has been submitted for the course.

F.    As part of the externship, students shall maintain journals that contain reflections and evaluations of the students’ work experience and any other items assigned by the Faculty Supervisor.  For example, the student should reflect on the lawyer’s role and the student’s reaction to assuming that role, how well or poorly a given activity went, and the student’s challenges in dealing with that activity, and any reflections the student has regarding any activity at the placement.

Judicial externs should reflect additionally on the role of the law clerk, the process of judicial decision-making, and how factual issues are resolved by the court.  Government externs should reflect additionally on the role of government attorneys and how that role differs, if at all, from attorneys in the private sector, how government attorneys exercise their discretion to pursue certain cases and not others, and the student’s observation about the legal system within which the placement operates.  Public interest externs should reflect additionally on the legal system’s effect on the lives of people with low incomes and on access to lawyers for people with low incomes.

The journal entries shall not contain any confidential client or case information.  The journals will be submitted to the Faculty Supervisor on a regular basis, as determined by the Faculty Supervisor.

G.    Each student in a state judicial externship shall submit a final written report at the end of the semester.  The report shall include a general discussion of the nature of the experiences gained by the extern, an analysis of the extern’s experiences in light of his or her legal education, and a critique of the program, i.e., an evaluation of all favorable and unfavorable aspects of the program.

H.    The externship shall have a classroom component if required by the Faculty Supervisor.

I.    Individual Faculty Supervisors may have additional requirements that are not listed in these Guidelines.

J.    Established and regularized communication shall occur among the Director of Experiential Education, the Field Supervisor, and the student extern.  The Faculty Supervisor shall visit the site placement at least once during the year.

VI.    Proposals of New Externships

Students may elect to propose a new externship that is not available in the law school’s current offerings. Formal proposal applications are available from the Director of Experiential Education.  Please see Lisa Cannon for these materials and guidance in submitting a new proposal. Note: The deadline to propose a new externship for the following summer or fall semester is April 1. The deadline for a new externship proposal for the spring semester is November 1. These dates are set to provide ample time for review by the Curriculum Committee and approval by the faculty.  The Law School cannot guarantee any student that their proposal will be approved.

VII.    Code of Professional Responsibility

All students are expected to conform their conduct to the standards of the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Judicial Code, as applicable.  Students are prohibited from discussing confidential case information with anyone other than personnel at their placement.

VIII.    Grading Policy

A.    Externships are graded on an S/U basis by the Faculty Supervisor.  The student’s evaluation shall be based on the time spent and work performed at the placement, and the logs, journals, work product, paper, attendance, content of scheduled meetings with the Faculty Supervisor, and the Field Supervisor’s written evaluation.

B.    A Faculty Supervisor may request the Curriculum Committee and the full faculty for leave to offer an externship for a letter grade.

VIV.    Periodic Review

A.    At the end of the academic year after a new externship is implemented, the Faculty Sponsor shall submit a report on the externship to the Curriculum Committee for review.

B.    Every three years, beginning in academic year 2000-2001, the Curriculum Committee shall evaluate whether the Program is meeting its stated educational objectives and shall submit a written evaluation of the program to the faculty.

C.    In writing their reports and evaluations, the Faculty Supervisor and Curriculum Committee shall consider the following factors:

1.    Adequacy of instructional resources,

2.    Classroom component,

3.    Pre-requisites for student participation,

4.    Number of students participating,

5.    Amount of credit awarded to each student,

6.    Evaluation of student academic achievement,

7.    Qualifications and training of field supervisors,

8.    Evaluation of Field Supervisors,

9.    Evaluation of Faculty Supervisors, and

10.   Visits to field placements