If no available clinic or established externship offers the experience you seek, students may propose and seek approval for an independent placement. To do so, please review the law school's Externship Policy to determine whether your proposed externship experience will qualify. The policy requires an Advising Faculty Member and an identifiable Field Instructor at the placement site.
The policy also requires that for three (3) credits, 140 hours of experiential hours be completed; for four (4) credits, 182 hours; for six (6) credits, 280 hours; 6 credits over two semesters, 280 hours; 12 credits, 560 hours. Please note that experiential hours do not include time spent conferencing with the Advising Faculty Member or commuting to and from the Field Placement.
An externship that does not comply with any aspect of the policy must be approved by the full faculty after review by the Curriculum Committee. In special circumstances, when truly unusual and valuable opportunities have presented themselves, students have obtained approval of externships outside the specific provisions of the policy.
Once you have secured an externship, you must submit the Externship and Practicum Enrollment Form to be enrolled in the externship. If approved, you should make any necessary adjustments to your course schedule and then contact the Registrar to be enrolled.