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

    Summer:
    2 hrs. 50 min. per week (9 week semester) plus small group supervision meetings

  • Small Group Supervision Meetings

    In addition to leading the externship seminars, faculty meet regularly with externship students in smaller groups 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 every other 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.

Advanced Supervision
(1 credit--pass/fail)

The Advanced Supervision seminar is for students who have already participated in a three-credit externship seminar.

Requirements:

Although the requirements for each particular seminar differ and are listed in the professor’s course syllabus, all advanced supervision seminar will require the following:

  • Participation: Seminar Classes
    • Fall & Spring: The advance seminar meets 8 times for 50 minutes over the course of the semester. The seminar typically meets every week for the first three of weeks and then every other week for the rest of the semester. Bi-weekly journals reflecting on the externship experience.
    • Summer: During the summer semester, the seminar will meet weekly and journals will also be due weekly.
  • Students must submit weekly journals reflecting on the externship experience. Students must follow their Professor’s guidelines and requirements regarding format, length and submission. Go into further detail about the typical range in length?
  • Reading assignments

  • A substantial written project

Generally the professor will assign either a 8 to 10 page research or reflective paper, or a series of shorter papers throughout the semester.

  • Other assignments/ projects?

  • Contemporaneous log of hours worked

Students must keep a contemporaneous log of hours worked. Your professor will require you to have your field supervisor confirm the hours worked either by email or by signing the hours’ log.

Small Group Supervision - Summer Only
(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

  • Students are required to meet once each week per the seminar schedule.

    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 8-10 page research or reflective paper, or a series of shorter papers assigned throughout the semester)

Individual Supervision
(1 credit--pass/fail)

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

  • Students are required to meet with their professor between 5-7 hours per semester.

    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.

  • Bi-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.