Supervised Extshp Sem (LAW-769-002)
IMPORTANT: CLASS WILL MEET IN SMALL GROUPS FOR AN EXTRA HOUR EVERY OTHER WEEK. 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.
This is a three-credit class to be taken in conjunction with a field placement in a non-profit organization, government agency, court or private law firm handling pro bono matters exclusively. Your placements offer a unique opportunity to explore with hands-on practice different areas of the law to help you decide if that area is one in which you would like to start your career or if you want to keep looking for an area that is more fulfilling for you. To that end, this seminar will require you to reflect on, and share, the good and the bad about the areas of law in which you are working with the dual aim of guiding your own career path and that of your classmates, many of whom will be working in different areas of law. We will explore what it means to be a professional in the law in a general sense as you begin to transition from law student to lawyer. The seminar will use outside reading and writing in conjunction with in-class presentations and simulations.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Selected portions of Learning from Practice by J.P. Ogilvy, Leah Wortham, and Lisa G. Lerman will be provided throughout the semester.
First Class Readings
http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2008/07/litigationor-t.html Be prepared to talk for 4-5 minutes about your background (undergraduate degree and any work experience), your placement (firm/agency and position of supervisor), your expected work, and why you chose this placement.
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