Fall 2012 Course Schedule

Supervised Extshp Sem (LAW-769-001)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (M) - Room 403

Enrolled: 12 / Limit: 15

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Third-year students only. IMPORTANT: This is a three credit class to be taken at the same time as an externship (Law-899). NOTE: CLASS WILL MEET IN SMALL GROUPS FOR AN EXTRA HOUR EVERY OTHER WEEK. TIME TBD. The time/place of this extra meeting is determined by the professor. REGISTRATION: There are two parts to registering for an externship: 1) Register on-line for the seminar as you would for any class. 2) Register for the field placement by going to the Externship Page www.wcl.american.edu/externship and submit a Request for Approval, which generates the necessary forms.


Externship seminars provide students with an opportunity to engage in critical reflection about the legal profession, their own future legal careers, and their priorities and values as lawyers in conjunction with their field placement experiences. This specific seminar is designed for third year law students who are ready to begin their legal careers. The course is designed to prepare 3rd year students for the transition out of law school and into a successful legal career. In particular students will develop a job plan that will allow them to use the externship experience to help obtain a full time position. The professor will work with each student individually to improve their resume, draft writing samples and develop a set of contacts through their externship and previous experiences. For students who have secured full time employment post-graduation, the professor will work with those students to develop specific skills needed for their future employment. In addition, the course will cover preparing for the bar exam, responding to ethical dilemmas, negotiation, oral advocacy, interviewing skills and communication in the workplace as well as how to advocate for changes in legal policy in the specific legal environment of each student’s externship.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The textbook for this course is The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law, Herman. Students may check here to determine if books are currently available for purchase at the AU Campus Store.

First Class Readings

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