This seminar is designed for students participating in Georgetown Law's J.D. Externship Program in Summer 2019.
In the J.D. Externship Program, students work under the supervision of a field supervisor attorney to gain substantial lawyering experience that is reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks outside of the law school. Working in collaboration with their supervising attorneys, students establish individualized learning goals for their experience and receive ongoing feedback in a real world practice setting. At the Law Center, students participate in a companion seminar to reinforce their field placement experiences. Through the seminar, students consider essential topics involving professionalism, ethics, professional identity, legal problem-solving, work-life balance, and the role of a lawyer. Through regular classroom engagement, students enhance their learning at the field placement and develop critical reflective practices that they will use throughout their careers.
Please refer to the J.D. Externship Program website for detailed program information.
Identifying a Placement
Students are responsible for finding their own judicial, governmental, or nonprofit field placements. Advisors from the Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) and the Experiential Education Office are available, by appointment, to discuss potential externship opportunities. You can also review the Student Extern Manual for additional advice on finding an externship placement.
J.D. externships are only permitted in government, judicial, and non-profit entities. Students are responsible for finding their own placements.
Students must be supervised by a licensed attorney or an individual otherwise qualified to supervise a legal extern at the field placement. Georgetown Law defines “an individual otherwise qualified to supervise” as someone qualified to assign, review, and give substantive feedback on a student’s legal or policy work. All fieldwork must be performed at the externship placement site, i.e., students are not permitted to work remotely in the J.D. Externship Program.
Students may not be compensated for their fieldwork at the externship placement, nor may students work on pro bono matters at a for-profit entity. During the summer session, students are permitted to extern at judicial, government, or nonprofit entities anywhere in the United States.
Fieldwork Credit Options
Students receive either 2 or 3 fieldwork credits for 110 or 165 hours worked, respectively, over 6 weeks, i.e., 18.5 or 27.5 hours/week for at least 6 weeks, during the summer session.
Note: Students can begin working toward their hours requirement (110 or 165 hours total) from the first day of the Summer Session. Students must complete their hours requirement by the last day of classes.
Note: Students must be fully eligible to start work at their field placement (i.e., security clearances and/or background checks complete) by the last day of summer registration or they will be dropped from the Summer 2019 J.D. Externship Program and companion seminar.
In addition to their field work, students participate in a one credit, graded seminar that meets weekly (six times total) during the summer session. Attendance is mandatory at all six class sessions. All enrolled students must be in attendance at the start of the first class session in order to be eligible for a seat in the class and must timely attend each class session in its entirety.
To receive academic credit, students must, at a minimum: (i) fulfill their applicable fieldwork hours requirement by the last day of classes; (ii) attend, participate in, and timely complete all assignments for the six externship seminar classes; (iii) receive a satisfactory Field Supervisor End-of-Semester Evaluation; and (iv) complete and submit all administrative assignments in a timely manner, including but not limited to:
- The Rule 304(d) Agreement;
- Weekly time sheets; and
- The Student End-of-Semester Placement Evaluation.
Additional, detailed course mechanics and requirements will be outlined in the seminar syllabus.
The fieldwork components of externships are mandatory pass/fail offerings and do not count towards the seven-credit limit on pass/fail courses. The one-credit seminar is graded.
To participate in the Summer 2019 J.D. Externship Program, students must submit the externship application, after they have secured a qualifying placement.
The guaranteed, summer externship application will open on Monday, April 1, 2019 and will close on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Any eligible J.D. students who apply during this period with a qualifying externship placement will receive a seat in the summer externship program, although we cannot guarantee that the proffered seat will be in the student’s top seminar choice. Beginning Monday, April 1, the summer application link will be available on the J.D. Externship Program website.
To the extent that there are still available seats in the summer externship program after April 30, the waitlist, summer application will open on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
The J.D. Externship Program uses Canvas to administer this course, so comfort with that platform is essential. All course materials will be posted to your seminar's Canvas page. You will upload all assignments through Canvas, using the "Assignments" drop box for your seminar. If you encounter difficulty navigating Canvas and/or need a refresher on using the site, please contact IST at email@example.com