In-House Counsel Externship   [Archived Catalog]
2016-2017 School of Law Bulletin (Archived Copy)

LAWS 748A - In-House Counsel Externship

Credits: 2

Students will spend a significant amount of time (10 hours per week during fall or spring) at their placement. Placements would typically include general counsel offices in universities, hospitals, public utilities, and private corporations. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their legal writing, research and analytical skills by assisting in various projects like the preparation of materials such as employee handbooks, memoranda of understanding, and compliance documents. The students may also have the opportunity to observe contract negotiations, interviews with employees and possibly discussions with outside counsel. An attorney in each office will be responsible for overseeing student experience in the office. The In-House Counsel Externship will expose students to how those offices function and what impacts in-house counsel to decide whether to manage certain issues or seek outside counsel. Further, students will have the opportunity to observe the attorneys role on the organization and the relationship between the attorney and "client."

Corequisites: Problems in Professional Responsibility

Prerequisites: Problems in Professional Responsibility or Professional Responsibility

Note: The fieldwork supervisor will complete an evaluation of the student's performance. The final grade will be determined by the instructor, based upon the evaluation submitted by the fieldwork supervisor, the quality of the student's written submissions, participation in the class sessions, and a determination by the instructor that all requirements of the externship have been satisfactorily completed.

Basis of Grade: Journal; Example of written product or a short reflective paper on professional experience; and a brief presentation to the class

Form of Grade: Letter