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Externship Course Requirements

The externship course is open to any student who has completed the first year of legal studies and has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.6 (or with approval of the externship faculty supervisor if the student's grade point average is under 2.6). For more information on enrollment requirements, see the School of Law Rules relating to Clinics.

The externship course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory scale. Students may enroll for anywhere between 2 and 6 academic credits. For each hour of credit, students must complete a minimum number hours of externship work, with at least 20% of those hours from observing court or other proceedings, as follows:

* 2 credits = 93 total hours
* 3 credits = 140 total hours
* 4 credits = 186 hours
* 5 credits = 233 hours
* 6 credits = 280 hours

The Judicial Extern Clinic is now offered every semester. With advance approval from the Faculty Supervisor, students also have the option of completing an externship during the intersession between the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer externships offer flexible start times, which allows students to begin as early as mid-May or when the regular summer term begins in June.

To begin the course, externs review a series of podcasts that are posted online (and, therefore, viewable whereever the extern has internet access). The podcasts orient externs to the expectations of the course and how they can best tailor the experience to their career goals. The podcasts also provide background on the court system, judicial ethics, and judicial opinion writing. The faculty supervisor will track students' progress through the semester through student journals of their activities, as well as a midterm and final report.