Supervised Externship Seminar (LAW-769-007)
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Practicing Law in the 21st Century This is a two-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. In this course, we will explore the meaning of being a lawyer and a member of the legal profession. We will explore a variety of roles that lawyers may have and the wide range of practice experiences available to persons with law degrees. Students will be exposed to various legal disciplines and fields in this course. The goal of the course is to broaden your understanding of what it means to be a lawyer and to enrich your understanding of the possibilities given your own career goals and values. In this course, we will also explore lawyers' ethical obligations and the unique responsibilities that come with having specialized skills, including the obligation to protect the rights of others. We will talk about the nature of the lawyer-client relationship and the unique challenges associated with client-centered representation. The class will further examine the legal practice in conjunction with the student’s own experiences with their field placements. The goal of this course is to give students a real-world view of the legal practice and how to plan for your future professional and personal goals. The class will be meeting once a week, Wednesday 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm. Students will be required to submit weekly journals on their experiences with their field placements. Further, students will be required to submit a Goal Memorandum which they will review with their field placement supervisor. Students will work in small groups or individually to give an in-class presentation on a topic or area of law that is associated with the student’s field placement. Lastly, students will be required to submit a final reflective paper on their future professional goals and how their experiences with the field placement have played a role in those goals. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Leah Wortham, Alexander Scherr, Nancy Maurer, and Susan Brooks, Learning from Practice (West Academic 3rd Edition 2016) - ISBN: 9781634596183
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Leah Wortham, Alexander Scherr, Nancy Maurer, and Susan Brooks, Learning from Practice (West Academic 3rd Edition 2016) - ISBN: 9781634596183 Please hold off on purchasing the book. I will be trying to get a pay by chapter option.
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