Supervised Externship Seminar (LAW-769-005)
To register for this class, please do the following: (1) Register on-line for the seminar as you would for any class, and (2) register for the field placement by going to the Externship Page www.wcl.american.edu/externship and submitting a Request for Approval, which generates the necessary forms.
The supervised externship seminar is a two-credit class taken in conjunction with a field placement in a non-profit organization, government agency, court or private law firm handling pro bono matters exclusively. Over the course of the semester, we will examine your externship placement experience and identify and reflect on any challenges, work together to develop solutions, and learn from that experience. The overarching goal of the class is to provide a space, every week, to reflect on your externship experience and to critically examine what works for you (and what might not) in a professional legal environment. Together we will consider the practical and personal skills and knowledge that you will need to successfully transition from law student to lawyer. This class, unlike other law school classes, will not focus on substantive law, trial advocacy or other technical skills. Instead, we will focus on your professional development, including your professional identity as a lawyer, legal ethics, duties and boundaries of zealous advocacy, and common issues that arise in a legal workplace. We will also discuss the importance of self-advocacy in the workplace, how to accomplish your personal career goals, and how to present yourself to others as you seek to achieve those goals. We will accomplish our class objectives through discussions, simulations, hypotheticals, student presentations, and hearing from guest speakers. Required written work includes a goals and assessment form, weekly reflective journal entries, memorandum/short written work, and a final reflective paper. In addition, each student will make an in-class presentation related to a topic covered in this course or related to your externship.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The required text for this course is Leah Wortham, Alexander Scherr, Nancy Maurer, and Susan Brooks, Learning from Practice (West Academic 3rd Edition 2016) - ISBN: 9781634596183. You can purchase the entire book or purchase and download chapters as assigned. Students will also be assigned various readings from journals, news media, and other sources.
First Class Readings
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