Summer 2021 Course Schedule

Supervised Externship Seminar (LAW-769-002)
Amy Bills

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:45 PM ( T)

Enrolled: 11 / Limit: 14

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All summer 2021 classes will be taught online. Classes may have a combination of live sessions and asynchronous materials/assignments. The block of time listed here will be the maximum amount of live session meeting time expected of you and may decrease.


Externship seminars provide students with an opportunity to engage in critical reflection about the legal profession, their own future legal careers, and their priorities and values as lawyers in conjunction with their field placement experiences. Externship seminars are open to students in a wide variety of field placements and, rather than emphasizing a particular area of law, focus on the lawyering experience, the legal profession, and the workings of legal institutions. Instructors choose various general themes for their own seminars, but within each seminar some specific topics are likely to include the nature of law practice in different settings (including private firms, public interest organizations, and government agencies), the varieties of lawyer-client relationships in these settings, and the dynamics and politics of the workplace. Other topics that may be covered include images of lawyers in fiction and popular culture, theories of bureaucracy in relation to the lawyering process, legal ethics in theory and practice, issues of gender, race, and difference in the legal profession, and the profession's history. Finally, in all the seminars students have the opportunity to explore their own professional development through discussions of critique and self-evaluation, the transition from school to work, and career goals and career planning.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The textbook for this class is Sanders, “Gangs: An Introduction”. I will also require an addition reading for the Women in Gangs class-“Lady Q-The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen” by Reymundo Sanchez. I will make the text available via Kindle or you can purchase the book. You should be able to find the textbook at AU’s bookstore or on-line. There will be further required readings for each class that will be assigned through Blackboard and listed on this syllabus, which is subject to change as necessary.

First Class Readings

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