Legal Services Externship

LAW 829B
6 credit hours (5 clinical, 1 academic)
Professor Margaret M. Flint

Students in the Legal Services/Public Interest/Health Law Externship engage in supervised fieldwork with a provider of legal services to low-income and otherwise disadvantaged people, a public interest legal organization, the legal department of a not-for-profit health care provider, or a government agency.

This course is appropriate for students who have secured a non-paid legal position with a suitable not for profit organization. (ABA rules prohibit the granting of credit for fieldwork for which compensation is provided.) In order to receive 6 credits for the course, you are required to work at your placement 35 hours per week for each of the 8 weeks of the summer session. Please be aware, however, that your placement may require you to work additional hours each week and/or work for additional weeks during the summer. Students may arrange to take the course for fewer than 6 credit hours, with permission of the instructor.

Students in this program have conducted administrative hearings and routine court appearances (answering calendar calls and the like), interviewed clients, investigated factual claims, and drafted affidavits, file memoranda, and briefs. Time is also required for maintaining work logs and weekly journals.

Students who have obtained a local placement must attend a weekly seminar which meets on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students who have obtained a distant placement must attend a 14 hour “boot camp” on May 14-16 at the Law School and participate in on-line activities during the summer semester.