Curriculum

Civil Externship Seminar - Learning From Practice

Credits: 1.00
Faculty: Jodi S. Balsam, Chaumtoli Huq, Judith Kaufman, Pooja Kothari, Michael Mastrangelo, Diana Sen, Maria Termini

Prerequisites: All first-year courses This seminar is required for all students enrolled in the Civil Practice Externship fieldwork course who have never previously taken a clinic or externship. It is a course in professionalism designed to support the student as a newcomer to legal practice. The seminar will focus on the study of lawyers and their roles and obligations, and of legal institutions, with emphasis on learning how to learn from experience, lawyering skills and competencies, ethics and morality, cross-cultural competence, and career planning. The seminar is oriented around student engagement as members of a professional network, actively participating in roundtable discussions, small group activities, simulations, and student presentations. Students will share and interpret their fieldwork experiences and distill the lessons of professionalism in a continuous and purposeful fashion, with faculty guidance and feedback.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Students will be assessed based on several reflective writing assignments, in-class exercises and presentations, professionalism, and class participation.