Each externship is structured to accomplish several educational objectives. First, these programs should enable students to develop an experiential understanding of what lawyers and judges do and how they do it, by observing and assisting in their work. Second, the externship programs should provide students with an opportunity to see how analytical skills and doctrinal knowledge are used in practice. In particular, these programs should enhance students' understanding of how ethics, strategy, tactics, and judgment influence decision making by lawyers and judges. Third, the externships should encourage students to develop technical lawyering skills, such as client interviewing, client counseling, investigation, negotiation, legal writing, research, and trial and appellate advocacy.
Each externship is overseen by a faculty supervisor who coordinates the student's activities with a field instructor. The student must complete at least 90 hours of satisfactory work under the supervision of the field instructor and satisfy the other conditions set forth below to receive two hours of academic credit. Students may not receive compensation for any of the hours claimed for academic credit. Students are limited to 5 total hours of externship credit.
I. Initial Meeting with Faculty Supervisor
A student must obtain the written approval of the faculty supervisor to enroll in an externship. Before the initial meeting with the faculty supervisor, the student must review the Baylor Law School Externship Manual. The objective of the initial meeting is to obtain the approval of the faculty supervisor and to facilitate a discussion and exchange of information about the objective and guidelines of the externship experience.
The student must have frequent contact with the supervising attorney and receive regular direction and evaluation of his or her work.
III. Additional Meetings with Faculty Supervisor
A. During the Quarter
Periodically during the quarter the student should meet with the faculty supervisor to discuss and evaluate the externship experience. It is the student's obligation to contact the faculty supervisor to schedule all meetings.
B. Following the Term
The student will meet with the faculty supervisor to review the Externship Report described below and to finally evaluate the field experience.
IV. Externship Report
At the conclusion of the term, each student is required to provide the faculty supervisor with a written report detailing the time devoted to the program, the tasks performed and the feedback received. The report shall also include an evaluation of the program and any suggestions for improvement. It shall include as attachments examples of the student's written work product.