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Nonprofits and Public Sectors Externship
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Type

EXT

Credits

3/4 cr.

Student Year

2L/3L

Description:

In this externship course, students acquire legal experience in nonprofit and public sectors under the supervision of practicing attorneys. The course has two parts: a two-credit graded seminar, and a two-credit externship graded on a pass, fail, honors basis. When registering for the externship course, students are automatically enrolled in the seminar. A course pre- or co-requisite is Professional Responsibility.

[NOTE: See semester specific listing below for registration information]

The course is designed to stimulate and integrate learning in three venues: a law office; the classroom; and personal research and work production space. For the externship component, each student is placed at an approved site and directed to report to an on-site supervisor. Over the semester, students should expect to devote 10 hours per week to work at or for their placement.

Placements may be made at nonprofits, government agencies, public interest organizations, or in law firm pro bono programs. A non-competitive application identifying the student's interests and any specific placement requests is required at the time of registration. Classroom time will be devoted to attaining the course learning objectives, which include: skill building in professional to professional interactions; leadership; office infrastructure and management; strategic problem solving; and reflective practice; contextual substantive law and ethics; systemic analysis; and lawyer's role and career development. A significant written work product as well as guided reflections journals will be required. There is no final exam.

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Spring 2015: Nonprofits and Public Sectors Externship

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Type

EXT

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

Information for Registration - Spring 2015

In this externship course, students acquire legal experience in nonprofit and public sectors under the supervision of practicing attorneys in the field. Placements for the spring may include: Children’s Law Center; Council on Crime and Justice; Court Watch; Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; MN AIDS Project; MN Health Law Center; and Ramsey County Public Defender. Students are permitted to arrange their own placements with permission of Professor Cook.

Prior to the beginning of the term, students will be notified of their placements at approved sites and will be directed to report to an on-site supervisor before the end of the first week of the term (January 21). Students are expected to meet with the externship site supervisor to define the scope of the work and to delineate externship expectations. Externs must spend 8-12 hours per week engaged in work related to the placement, for a total of 100 hours over the course of the semester.

A related classroom component will focus on contextual ethics; systemic analysis; lawyer’s role and career development; and skill building in professional-to-professional interactions, leadership, strategic problem solving, and reflective practice. Short reflective writings are required throughout the semester, as well as two in-class presentations.

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Fall 2014: Nonprofits and Public Sectors Externship

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Type

LEC

Credits

3

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

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Spring 2014: Nonprofits and Public Sectors Externship

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Type

LEC

Credits

4

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

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Spring 2013: Nonprofits and Public Sectors Externship

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Type

Same as Course

Credits

4

Student Year

2L/3L

Details:

(see course description, above)

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