Long Distance Externship Seminar (Online) (LAW-769-E009)
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This is a two-credit, graded seminar, taken along with a field placement outside Washington, D.C., in a nonprofit or government organization, or a private law firm doing pro bono work. In this seminar, we will examine your externship experience as it relates to the practical aspects of the legal world. In general terms, we will analyze what it means to be a lawyer and the role of the lawyer in modern day society. You will be asked to critically reflect on all aspects of your externship experience and your present and future role in the legal profession. It is the goal of the seminar to develop the ability to reflect upon your goals at this stage and at future stages in your career. In specific terms, we will discuss professionalism, ethics and networking. We will also examine the intersection of the ethical obligations of lawyers with the commitment to zealous representation in various practice settings. We will discuss issues that confront attorneys in the law, including diversity and bias. Finally, we will discuss professional development and how to be fulfilled while maintaining a healthy balance in life. Because students will be working all over the country, we will discuss how ethical rules and office cultures may vary in different jurisdictions. The course is open to all students in externship field placements and the format of the class will be discussion-based. The class will meet for nine weekly sessions. Classes will include discussion of readings and problem situations. There will also be asynchronous class time, described generally above and in the specific assignments below. The class has assigned readings. Required written work includes a goals memorandum, weekly journal entries, and a final reflective paper. Other writing may be assigned. The course concludes with presentations by the students in the final one or two weeks.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
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