Spring 2013 Course Schedule

Supervised Extshp Sem (LAW-769-010)
Jacobs, C.

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (W) - Room 313

Enrolled: 11 / Limit: 15

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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 Externship Fieldwork Application, which generates the necessary forms.


"Finding your path in the law": In this course, we will explore the meaning of being a lawyer and a member of the legal profession. We will think about the variety of roles lawyers may have and the wide range of experiences available to persons with law degrees. The overriding goal of this course is 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 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, including ethical and interaction issues with clients, lawyers, supervisors, the courts and administrative agencies or legislative bodies. 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.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.

The text for this course is Learning From Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs, ISBN: 978-0-314-15284-8, 2nd Edition (West, 2008) by J.P Ogilvy, et al. Supplemental readings will also be assigned throughout the session and will be made available electronically at least one week in advance. Please check MyWCL regularly for important messages, and possible updates to reading assignments and this syllabus.

First Class Readings

The readings for the first class are noted on the Syllabus. In addition, please bring a copy of your resume to the first class.


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