For Prospective Externship Organizations


What do Emory Law’s externs do? 

Formerly called Emory's Field Placement Program, the Externship Program is designed to facilitate a learning experience in which students would be unlikely to find in traditional law school courses or through their summer jobs. For example, third-year students in the litigation externships have the opportunity to appear in court and to be involved in all facets of a case from investigation, through pre-trial discovery, trial preparation and the trial itself. 

Students in all externships should be involved in strategy sessions, office meetings, hearings, investigations and other “nonresearch” activities to the greatest extent possible. At the same time, students are asked to reflect on what the externship experience has taught them, taking the experience beyond a typical internship and allowing for the greatest possible professional development.

What would I have to do (and how would I do it)?

Attorneys who supervise externships assist Emory Law and its students in meeting the academic goals of the program. Professor Sarah Shalf partners with sponsoring organizations and their supervising attorneys to help design a program, assign appropriate work and provide constructive feedback. Starting in Fall 2013, Emory Law will supplement the student’s on-site externship experience with a weekly class in one of eight practice areas, taught by Prof. Shalf or an adjunct practicing attorney or judge, focusing on ethics, professional skills, substantive and procedural law, and career paths relevant to the practice area. Instructors also have one-on-one conferences with students to review field supervisors’ evaluations of their work and to further engage the students in actively learning from their experience.

But I can’t spare the extra administrative time.

To allow for maximum efficiency, the program is administratively managed through Emory Law’s Professional Development and Career Strategy System, powered by Symplicity. This online system allows supervisors to electronically review applicants’ resumes, select applicants and schedule interview times. It also allows supervisors to submit student evaluations online.  Being a part of the program is paperless and requires minimal administrative time.

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