SEMESTER IN PRACTICE
(LAWJ-4036) - UNITS
The Semester in Practice course is designed to complement the Semester in Practice Externship experience and integrate the skills learned in the externship. The course will use readings, class discussions, and written and oral exercises to expose externs to professional and ethical issues that arise in private and corporate practice. Specifically, this course will cover topics, such as the role of the law clerk, professionalism and civility in the practice of law, and best practices for lawyers in private practice. Course participants will be offered multiple opportunities for performance, self-evaluation and feedback on their oral and written work and other professional skills obtained in the Semester in Practice placement.
Working under the supervision of experienced attorneys, students will be exposed to different practice areas and will gain insight into the practice of law while working on actual client matters. In conjunction with each student's externship, students must enroll in this course. The course runs concurrent with the Semester in Practice Externship, meets regularly throughout the semester and is a required class for all students enrolled in a private externship. A student in Semester in Practice Externship may extern for 2 units in the fall or spring. Semester in Practice is not available in the summer. Students may not receive credit for a paid externship.
The Semester in Practice Externship also provides students with an opportunity to obtain off-campus placement in law firms and corporate legal departments and gain hands-on experience in the legal field. Depending on the placement, students will have the opportunity to shadow at depositions, mediations, arbitrations, court appearances and trials and perform legal research and legal drafting. Placements are limited and students must apply and be interviewed. If accepted into the program, students are placed in firms.
Eligible students entering as 3Ls or 4Es and/or students registered for the Civil Litigation and Advocacy Concentration receive priority for the Semester in Practice Externship.
Civil Litigation Practice I (LAWJ-4045) (can be taken concurrently)
Legal Drafting (LAWJ-4026) (can be taken concurrently)