This course is designed to reinforce the learning potential of students’ concurrent legal employment in governmental (city, county, state and federal) and public interest settings. Although course work is independent of their employment, students must work a minimum of 200 hours in closely supervised legal work environments to qualify for the class, and permission of the instructors is required for enrollment. Note: Students do not receive credit for work for which they are compensated; the coursework is in addition to the work for which they are compensated.
The course is structured to give students tools and techniques to succeed on the job; expose them to rules of ethics (especially competence, communication, conflicts and confidentiality) and principles of professionalism; provide them with on-the-job support and problem solving techniques; create a means for significant structured reflection and feedback; give them a forum to share and learn from other students’ experiences; provide a setting in which to study some of the unique aspects of agency and government law practice; and look ahead toward the coming school year with insights to make the experience more valuable. Components of the course include class meetings, required bi-weekly journals with feedback from instructors and a journaling partner, written papers, and structured participation in an electronic forum.
The summer employment will provide students with the opportunity to undertake, under the supervision of an attorney, law-related responsibilities such as legal research and writing; client and witness interviews; and case investigations. Students will also, in some settings, have the opportunity to attend depositions, hearings, trials, agency meetings; etc.
|Materials||The course packet contains materials concerning development of a wide variety of professional skills, ethical rules, professional responsibility, and unique aspects of public sector practice. The packet contains materials developed by the instructors as well as law review articles, excerpts from professional responsibility casebooks, and other sources.|
|Course Format||The course will require students to attend pre- and post- internship sessions. Students will be required to participate in online discussions, write bi-weekly journal entries, respond bi-weekly to entries of journaling partners, submit 2 or 3 short papers during the summer and complete a final written assignment at the end of the course.|
|Written Assignments||Students will be required to submit a paper or papers addressing the topics described above to successfully complete the course.|
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|Basis for grading||Students will be expected to attend all classes and participate in class discussion. Student performance will be determined based on class attendance and participation and satisfactory completion of required paper(s).|