Externship Program Structure and Eligibility - Capital University Law School

Externship Program Structure and Eligibility

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    Program Goals
    Capital University Law School operates a for-credit externship program to give students the opportunity to develop their practical lawyering skills in government, nonprofit, public service, and other legal organizations. The program aims to teach professional development through experience; to increase insight into legal system; and to help develop an understanding of lawyers’ work and professional responsibilities.

    Placements
    The student is placed with a court, an administrative agency, a nonprofit organization, or corporate legal department, usually at sites located in downtown Columbus (unless otherwise noted). There the extern will observe legal processes and assist with legal work under the supervision of a site lawyer.

    Hours
    The student may take an Externship for either 2 or 3 credit hours. Those students who take the course for two (2) credit hours are required to work 100 hours at the site (plus class time of 10 hours) over the course of the semester. Those students who take the course for three (3) credit hours are required to work 150 hours at the site (plus class time) over the course of the semester.

    During fall or spring externships, externs will typically work approximately 7.5 hours at the site per week (for 2 credits) or 12 hours per week (for 3 credits). During the summer semester, externs will typically work approximately 13 or 21 hours per week at the site (for 2 or 3 credit hours, respectively). The student sets the schedule with the site supervisor.

    In some circumstances students can create their own externships with a government or nonprofit placement. An externship of 4 -10 credit hours may also be possible upon special application to the Co-Directors of Externships and Associate Dean where it meets the program requirements.

    Class Registration
    In order to receive credit, the student must register for the Externship course, pay tuition for the credit hours, do competent work at the site, attend several class meetings and conferences, and complete assigned work satisfactorily.

    Students may take a total of six (6) externship credit hours. For more information, see the Manual of Policies & Procedures.

    Grades
    Externships work is graded as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory and has no effect on student GPA.

    Eligibility
    All full-time students may apply for an externship and register for the course after completing the first two semesters of law school. First-year full-time students who are applying for a summer or fall externship following the first year must have earned a 2.6 GPA during the first semester of law school.

    All part-time students may apply for an externship and register for the course after completing the first two years of law school.

    Evening Students
    About 18 sites are “evening student friendly” and will take students who can only be at the site about two hours during work-week hours and who need to do the remainder of extern work on their own time