Field Placement

6668 Field Placement (1, 2, 3, or 4)   Tillipman

Students earn academic credit for externships with qualifying judicial, government, and non-profit organizations. During the fall and spring semesters, the placement must be located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Students may earn credit for internships outside of the D.C. metropolitan area, including international internships, during the summer session only. In order to enroll in the summer distance classes for U.S. placements, students must have completed at least 28 credits toward the J.D. degree. Students must complete two full academic years of law school prior to receiving credit for an international field placement. A list of pre-approved placements is available on the Law School portal and in the Field Placement Program Office. If a placement has not been previously approved, the assistant dean for field placement must approve the placement in order to finalize registration. Students enrolled in this course must fulfill a classroom component requirement by enrolling concurrently in Law 6469, 6669, 6670, 6671, 6672, 6674, or in another Law School course along with Law 6673, as determined by the assistant dean. Students who have already taken a corequisite course in conjunction with a previous placement may be eligible to waive the corequisite course requirement and participate in the Advanced Field Placement Program. All waiver requests must be approved by the assistant dean for field placement. Students participating in the Advanced Field Placement Program are required to complete reflective learning exercises under the supervision of a designated Program faculty member. Corequisite course waivers are not available to students seeking credit for their first judicial externship or for international externships, regardless of any previous corequisite course(s) taken. Students may enroll concurrently in this course and any other clinical course only with the permission of both instructors. This course is graded on a CR/NC basis and requires students to complete 60 hours of work and 5 pages of original and substantive writing per credit. Students may earn up to 4 field placement credits per semester for a total of no more than 8 credits for this course in their degree program. Students participating in the Domestic Violence Project must register for this course for 2 to 4 credits and enroll concurrently in Law 6674. Students participating in Environmental Lawyering must register for this course for 2 to 4 credits and enroll concurrently in Law 6469. Permission of the assistant dean for field placement is required prior to registration in this course and any corequisite courses. Additional information about the program, including a detailed description of program requirements, its registration process, and other policies and procedures is located in the Field Placement Student Handbook. Students are responsible for reading the handbook and complying with all program policies and procedures.

6669   The Craft of Judging (2)   Alprin, Beck, Campbell, Canan, H. Greene, Iscoe, King, Lind, R. Smith, J. Somers, Ridgely

Current issues in judicial ethics, judicial administration, and the trial and appellate process. Topics include standard of review, statutory interpretation, the role of precedent, and judicial activism. This course is corequisite for students enrolled in Law 6668 in a judicial placement, as determined by the assistant dean for field placement. Students not concurrently enrolled in Law 6668 may take this course only with the permission of the instructor and the assistant dean for field placement. Enrollment is limited. This course is graded on a letter-grade basis. (Research paper)

6670   Public Interest Lawyering (2)   Angel, Conti, Hooks, Maher, Runge, Cook, Maxwell, Brink

Examination of the role of the public interest lawyer. The lawyer’s role and responsibilities in different branches of government and in public affairs, both historically and currently; ethical issues; identification of public interest clients and the potential for conflicts of interest among them; organizational settings; and the politics of public interest lawyering. This course is corequisite for students enrolled in Law 6668 in a public interest placement, as determined by the assistant dean for field placement. Students not concurrently enrolled in Law 6668 may take this course only with the permission of the instructor and the assistant dean for field placement. Enrollment is limited. This course is graded on a letter-grade basis. (Research paper)

6671   Government Lawyering (2)                        Axelrad, Egeland, Gardner, Gavoor, Harvey, Hirt, LoRe, Mahini, Stroud, Surgalla, Wallbaum

The role of the lawyer in federal government agencies. Agency adjudication and rulemaking; judicial review; enforcement; regulatory reform; the role of the office of general counsel; alternative dispute resolution; the Freedom of Information Act; and congressional relations. This course is corequisite for students enrolled in Law 6668 in a government agency placement, as determined by the assistant dean for field placement. Students not concurrently enrolled in Law 6668 may take this course only with the permission of the instructor and the assistant dean for field placement. Enrollment is limited. This course is graded on a letter-grade basis. (Research paper)

6672 The Art of Lawyering (International) (2)   Snider

Issues concerning the nature of the legal profession, its institutions, and its members in the international context. Topics include the diverse organizations in which law is practiced, ethical dilemmas, workplace culture, supervision, and career expectations. This course is corequisite for students enrolled in 6668, as determined by the assistant dean for field placement. Students not concurrently enrolled in Law 6668 may take this course only with the permission of the instructor and the assistant dean for field placement. Enrollment is limited. (Writing assignments)

6673   Field Placement Tutorial (1)

This course is corequisite to Law 6668, Field Placement, for students whose classroom component is fulfilled by a course designated by the assistant dean for field placement other than Law 6469, 6669, 6670, 6671, 6672 or 6674. Requirements of this course include writing a 15-page research paper under the supervision of the instructor of the approved course and meeting with the instructor at least three times during the semester to discuss the paper and the externship experience. This course is graded on a letter-grade basis. Registration is permissible only with the prior express approval of the assistant dean for field placement. (Writing Assignments)

6674   Domestic Violence Project (2)   Meier

Social change lawyering in the battered women’s movement. Major legal reforms of the past four decades, domestic violence lawyering skills, the challenges of work in this field, and students’ professional development. This course is corequisite to Law 6668 for students enrolled in a domestic violence legal placement, including trial work with a local legal service provider on domestic violence cases, policy or legislative work on domestic violence issues with a national organization, or appellate work with the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), and pro bono attorneys in law firms. Students not concurrently enrolled in Law 6668 must have the instructor’s permission to register for this course. (Writing assignments) (Skills)


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