Public Interest Internship Program

B547 is taught by L. Daghe, R. Downey, Farnsworth, S. Lahn, I. Van Der Cruysse

COURSE GOALS: The student gets a behindthescenes insight in how nonprofit organizations, legal service public interest firm, and corporations, local, state and federal government organizations work, and will be offered the opportunity to serve clients directly under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

COURSE COMPETENCIES: Some placements require the willingness to take specific courses contemporaneously or that the student has already taken specialized classes related to substantive areas, but most placements do require only the successful completion of the 1L curriculum.

STUDENT ROLE: Legal research and writing, observation and participation at meetings with clients, litigation and prelitigation skills, transactional skills.

The student is required to work 104 hours onsite for 2 credits.

The academic component consists of ABA required work: (1) written goals and objectives for the externship, (2) 6 reflective essays, and (3) a final selfassessment and evaluation of the work place. Students are required to maintain and submit a detailed timesheet. Students will meet for an orientation meeting at noon on the first day of classes, and for three subsequent meetings: 2 with all students in this course, and one exit interview with the faculty supervisor in the last week of the externship.

Additional externship course requirements include weekly timesheets, reflective essays, and selfassessment exercises.

COURSE QUALIFICATIONS: General externship requirements: must have successfully completed the 1L curriculum.

CLIENTELE SERVED: Varies from a government agency to underrepresented populations.

NATURE OF PRACTICE: A variety of assignments, but in general: research and writing, document review, document drafting, transactional work, litigation work, compliance work.

APPLICATION METHOD: For placement assistance, you may contact the Career Services Office. Prior to your search, you should set up an appointment with Prof. Inge Van der Cruysse at

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Students and the externship for which they apply, must be approved by the faculty supervisor of this course before a student may be permitted to register for the course.

Note: If you have not secured or approved your placement for the fall 2019 yet by registration day, please register for another course you want to take in case securing and/or approving the placement falls through. Once you secure and get your placement approved, you can drop the extra class and add the externship in the first week of classes.

Materials: any additional reading materials will be provided on the CANVAS page for this course.