Fall 2013 Course Schedule

Supervised Extshp Sem (LAW-769-004)

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

Enrolled: 12 / Limit: 15

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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.


"Perspectives on Legal Practice": This class will help students bridge the gap between law school and their legal career. Students will have the opportunity to think critically about shaping their legal careers, their goals in doing so, and the skills necessary to achieve those goals. We will discuss building professional relationships, interviewing, and the breadth of experiences available to persons with law degrees. The class will also explore lawyering as a profession and delve into topics such as professionalism and the lawyer-client relationship, by analyzing and reflecting on the students’ placement experiences. Students will also have an opportunity to practice lawyering skills such as negotiation, oral presentation, and information gathering. The class will be taught primarily through simulations, group exercises, and guided discussions. We will also be hearing from guest speakers with varied careers and experiences.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The text for this course is Learning From Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 978-0-314-15284-8(West, 2008) by J.P Ogilvy, et al. Supplemental readings will also be assigned and will be made available electronically at least one week in advance.

First Class Readings

Chapters 1, 2, 11 and 14 in Learning from Practice- Don't worry they are short!


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