Supervised Ext Seminar (LAW-769-005)
Meets 5/27-7/24 6-8:50PM. IMPORTANT: This is a three credit graded class. Due to the condensed summer schedule the seminar meets for 2 hours and 50 minutes each week. IN ADDITION, PLEASE NOTE that students will be required to meet with the professor in small groups for an extra hour every other week immediately following class. ALSO NOTE that there will be no class on Wednesday, June 11th. Class for that week will be held on Tuesday, June 10th instead. 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 graded course. It is taken concurrently with a field placement in a non-profit or governmental organization, or a private law firm handling pro bono matters exclusively. The theme of this seminar will be "finding your path in the law." We will explore the meaning of being a lawyer and a member of the legal profession. While we discuss the wide range of opportunities and experiences available to persons with law degrees, the overriding goal of this course will be to provide you with an opportunity to think critically about, and reflect upon, what being a lawyer means to YOU, and to understand the breadth of possibilities in this regard given your individual career goals and values. We will seek to accomplish this goal by reading about and discussing the lives of lawyers in a variety of settings, as well as hearing from seasoned guest speakers who will come to class to share their legal experiences. We will also spend a great deal of time discussing and analyzing the issues raised in your field placements. Learning from each other’s experiences will hopefully help each of you develop a better understanding about the type of lawyer you want to become, how to get there, and the quest for finding satisfaction, fulfillment, and a healthy balance in your future legal career. IMPORTANT NOTICE: There will be no class on Wednesday, June 11th. Class for that week will be held on Tuesday, June 10th instead.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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There is no textbook for this course. Required readings will be noted on the Syllabus, and may be supplemented during the session. Please check MyWCL regularly for important messages, and possible updates to reading assignments.
First Class Readings
The readings for the first class will be noted on the Syllabus.