Externships

Eligibility

Students

Second- and third-year law students and master's degree candidates are eligible to participate in an externship. Registration is contingent upon an overall GPA of 2.3 and approval from Professor Hamilton, Director of Externships. Externship placements are available across government, criminal law, entertainment, public interest, and judicial sectors, as well as in dispute resolution.

Placements 

Prospective externs must secure their own placements. Current openings are available through Symplicity or the Career Development Office. New placements are eligible for approval if they meet the clinical program's educational objectives and afford adequate field supervision. Private law firms will be approved if they are either (1) nonprofit public interest entities (cf. section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), regardless of whether the student is paid or unpaid, or (2) a for-profit entity where the student is paid.

Credit

Each unit of externship credit requires 52.5 hours of completed field work. Hours spent in on-site work or with lawyers in the field placement count toward externship credit, while travel time, breaks, and most off-site work do not count toward externship credit. Students can earn up to 22 units of out-of-classroom credit toward graduation; these units include credit earned for externships, journals, and advocacy teams. Following the add/drop deadline, changes cannot be made to the number of registered units. Students are expected to register for the number of units that properly reflects the number of hours to be worked. If extenuating circumstances arise, students should contact Professor Hamilton as soon as possible to request an exception.

Registration

Students may not register themselves for externships. Once students complete the Externship Checklist, the Clinical Program Manager will register them for the course. Students can register for 1 to 10 units per term and are expected to work with their field supervisors an the Clinical Education Program to determine the appropriate number of units.

Course Requirements

Workshops

Workshops are required for all first-time externs. Students who cannot attend a workshop due to scheduling conflicts must meet with a faculty advisor as approved by the Director of Externships, Sophia Hamilton.

Returning externs do not need to register for a workshop, but are expected to participate in a mid-semester and final meeting with either Professor Hamilton or a faculty advisor. 

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors are required for first-time externs who cannot attend a workshop due to scheduling conflicts. Externs with a faculty advisor must:

  1. Find a faculty advisor who is a full-time School of Law professor
  2. Obtain the approval of the Director of Externships
  3. Meet with their approved faculty advisor on a bi-weekly basis
  4. Provide their faculty advisor with copies of their reflective memos (see below for information on reflective memos)

At the faculty advisor's discretion, additional readings or research may be required to supplement the externship.

Timesheets

Timesheets are maintained through a time tracking software called Tick Timekeeping. Timesheets are due periodically throughout the term (enrolled externs should review syllabi for dates) and should be submitted via TWEN or email. Students must obtain approval for timesheets in the form a signature or email from their supervisor. See Externship Timekeeping Instructions for a complete guide to entering time and submitting timesheets.

Evaluations

Three evaluations are required throughout the term:

Midterm Evaluation: This is completed by the field supervisor and is intended to follow a discussion between the extern and supervisor about the externship direction and progress.

Final Evaluation: This is completed by the supervisor alone

Student Evaluation: Externs are required to submit a confidential student evaluation regarding the field assignment

All evaluations should be completed via Google form; links will be emailed to appropriate individuals about a week ahead of the due date.

Reflective Memos

Students will document their progress and experience in reflective memos. These reflective memos will serve as a record of experience, questions, observations, lessons and reflections. Reflective memos should be submitted via TWEN by dates specified in the syllabus.