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J. D. Externships

General Information

Eligibility

Second- and third-year law students and master's degree candidates are eligible to participate in the Clinical Education Program if they have an overall GPA of 2.33 or higher, and receive approval from Professor Baker, who is the Director of Clinical Education. Externships exist in the government, criminal law, entertainment, public interest and judicial sectors, as well as in the dispute resolution field, and are generally accompanied by workshops on campus.

J. D. Externships

The externship inquiry should begin with a meeting with Professor Baker. The Career Development Office should be consulted for descriptions of approved externships. New externships, however, can be approved if they provide a significant opportunity not otherwise available, meet the clinical program's educational objectives, and afford adequate field and faculty supervision. Private law firms are not approved unless they are nonprofit public interest entities (cf. section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) and the student is unpaid.

Credit

Pursuant to ABA rules, every 52.5 hours of completed fieldwork - the equivalent of about half a day per week over the course of a semester - earns one unit of course credit.  Hours are not accrued during travel time, lunch, breaks, holidays or while working from an unsupervised location including home. Credit can be granted only in 52.5-hour increments; in other words, 104 hours of fieldwork earns only one unit of credit. Entertainment externships are restricted to 4 units.  Ten units is the maximum for criminal, judicial, public interest, or government externships.  In addition, no more than 18 non-classroom units (externships, journals, or competitions) may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

Reporting requirements

The reporting requirements consist of time sheets, evaluations (see description below), and journals. Timesheets are due in the Clinical Programs office weekly, by either email to , mailed, faxed to 310.506.6596, or left in the drop box outside of the Clinical Programs office. Keep copies for your records. Evaluations are also submitted to the Clinical Programs office.  The journals must be submitted to workshop professors by the due dates found in the syllabus. 

Workshop requirements

Contemporaneous enrollment is required in the Entertainment, Public Interest, Government, Judicial, and Criminal Workshop for all students participating in an externship for the first time.  Students who cannot attend a workshop due to distance or schedule conflict, must meet with a faculty advisor approved by the Director of Clinical Education.

Faculty advisors

Faculty advisors are required for law student externships for which the student cannot attend a workshop due to distance or schedule conflict.  Faculty advisors will receive copies of the journals and must meet with the students bi-weekly, either in person or on the phone. Additional readings or research may be required to supplement the externship. Faculty advisors must be approved by the Director of Clinical Education.

Evaluations

Field supervisors complete midterm and final evaluations of their externs. The midterm evaluation is intended to follow discussion between the extern and supervisor about the externship direction and progress. The final evaluation is completed by the supervisor alone. At the same time, externs must type a confidential student evaluation form regarding the field assignment. That form is available on this web site under "Forms" or in hard copy from the Clinical Programs office.

Further information

For more information about the Clinical Education Program, please contact Professor Baker at 310.506.6350 or the Program Administrator in the Clinical Programs Office at 310. 506.7449, or by e-mail at .