Seminars/Supervision

Seminar/Supervision Options

The externship students field work experiences are enhanced by the close supervision they receive from faculty members, by participating in one of the following:

Note: All students participating in an externship must be supervised by faculty or must be enrolled in an externship seminar.

To see how your field placement credits and your seminar/supervision credits add up, see Doing the Math.


Three-credit Externship Seminar
(graded A-F)

Most students participating in the externship program enroll in one of the three credit externship seminars. Externship seminar students meet weekly to share perspectives on the work experience and to discuss and reflect upon issues relating the practice of law.

Some of these seminars are open to students with a wide range of field placements, while others are organized around placements in particular specialty areas.

To read more about the pedagogical goals of the externship seminar, click here.

Requirements

The requirements for each externship seminar are different, and are listed in each professor's course syllabus. Syllabi are generally available from the Externship Office, prior to the commencement of classes. All seminars will require the following:

  • Weekly seminar classes

    Spring/Fall:
    1 hr. 50 min. per week (14 week semester) plus small group supervision meetings (generally bi- monthly; see below)

    Summer:
    2 hrs. 50 min. per week (9 week semester) plus small group supervision meetings (generally weekly; see below)

  • Small Group Supervision Meetings

    In addition to leading the externship seminars, faculty meet regularly with externship students in smaller groups (5 -7 hours per semester) to explore the students' personal experiences of work in greater depth and detail - often taking the student's journal entries as a starting point. Generally, these meetings take place one hour every other week (usually the hour before or after class). During the summer, meetings may take place every week.

  • Weekly journals reflecting on the externship experience

  • Reading assignments

  • A substantial written project (generally one 10-15 page research or reflective paper, or a series of shorter papers assigned throughout the semester)

  • Other assignments or combination of projects, such as class presentations, simulations.

Individual/Small Group Supervision
(1 credit--pass/fail)

Small Group Supervision Seminar (summer only)

During the summer semester, the Externship Program provides one-credit small group seminars for those students who do not wish to take the three-credit externship seminar

Requirements

  • Small Group/Individual Supervision

    Students are required to meet with their professor between 5-7 hours per semester (either individually or in small groups).

    Topics covered may include: the progress of the externship, goals, problems, insights and strategies for getting the most out of the externship experiences; and reflection on broader issues concerning the practice of law that relate to observations and experiences in the field.

  • Weekly journals reflecting on the externship experience

  • A substantial written project (generally one 10-15 page research or reflective paper, or a series of shorter papers assigned throughout the semester)

Individual Supervision by a Faculty member (fall and spring only)

During the Spring and Fall semesters, students unable to attend a three-credit externship seminar due to scheduling issues or other constraints may ask individual faculty members to provide supervision.

The faculty member must be a full-time professor, or must have an office within the WCL law school building. Faculty members who agree to individually supervise externship students must SIGN the Individual Faculty Supervision Guidelines.

Requirements

  • Small Group/Individual Supervision

    Students are required to meet with their professor between 5-7 hours per semester (either individually or in small groups).

    Topics covered may include: the progress of the externship, goals, problems, insights and strategies for getting the most out of the externship experiences; and reflection on broader issues concerning the practice of law that relate to observations and experiences in the field.

  • Weekly journals reflecting on the externship experience

  • A substantial written project (generally one 10-15 page research or reflective paper, or a series of shorter papers assigned throughout the semester)

  • All students participating in individually supervised externships are responsible for contacting the Director of the Externship Program on the last day of each month to report on the status of their supervision.   This includes the dates and times they met with their professors, the dates on which journals were submitted and the status of additional writing assignments.  Failure to report to the Director of the Externship Program each month could result in a denial of credit for both the supervision component and the field placement.

Advanced Supervision
(1 credit--pass/fail)

For students who have already participated in a three credit seminar.

Requirements:

  • Small Group Seminar

    Students are required to meet with their professor between 5-7 hours per semester (either individually or in small groups). Days/times are set by students/professor during first class.

    Topics covered may include: the progress of the externship, goals, problems, insights and strategies for getting the most out of the externship experiences; and reflection on broader issues concerning the practice of law that relate to observations and experiences in the field.

  • Weekly journals reflecting on the externship experience