Externship Seminar (LAW-769-002)
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In this class, we will consider reflections on the practice of law—our own and in art. We will reflect on our own experiences and those of our colleagues, and we will consider the reflections of lawyers in images, fiction, and film. We will consider what can be learned from such reflection about the practice of law, what legal practice means to ourselves, and what guidance we should take as we move forward in our careers as lawyers. That being said, this is not an art appreciation or art history class. We will use our consideration of how lawyers are reflected in art as a supplement to our consideration of our real-life practice, as a mirror affording us different perspectives on legal practice so that we may more easily consider a broader view and better inform our learning experience. This is also not a course about a substantive legal subject. Rather, the course is about learning and growing as a lawyer and successfully managing one’s legal practice and career through deliberate reflection and analysis
This is a two-credit, graded, discussion-based seminar. It is taken in conjunction with a field placement in a non-profit, court office, government organization, or a private law firm doing pro bono work.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Course materials will include assigned excerpts from Learning to Practice, A Text for Experiential Legal Education (3d ed. 2016), by Leah Wortham, Alexander Scherr, Nancy Maurer and Susan Brooks, and the text of the play, A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt. You can purchase A Man for All Seasons at any bookstore or online, or you can check it out of the library. You will be able to download the assigned chapters of Learning from Practice via links in the Canvas course page under Modules / Student Seminar Forms & Documents / Wortham Learning from Practice Chapters and Links. The publisher allows students to purchase individual chapters through its website at $6 or $7 each. In addition, you will have periodic supplemental readings, such as journal articles or newspaper articles, and you may be asked to watch films or portions thereof. All assigned supplemental readings will be noted in the syllabus and posted on the course website on Canvas.
First Class Readings
Learning from Practice, Chapter 1: Introduction
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