For the 2018 Summer term, the Summer Legal Placement program is organized around two themes.
This section will provide you with an opportunity for individualized learning and exploration of your legal practice interests. You are encouraged to become a self-directed and active learner in the context of a real-life legal experience. You will do this in a number of ways: setting goals in advance of your externship, submitting periodic reports of your activities, and by engaging in a series of assignments encouraging you to reflect on your experiences and translate those experiences into marketable skills, and academic and career plans. You will be in a section with students working in a wide variety of externships and the resulting discussion will allow you to compare and contrast the different roles attorneys play in the legal system.
Students in the General Section will respond to guided reflections and participate in an online discussion board.
Criminal Justice Section
In addition to developing professional skills and reflection practices, in this section, we will focus on social justice related to the criminal justice system. We will define social justice; we will consider readings relating to privilege and systemic injustices in the criminal justice system. We will examine the work you are doing this summer and how a lawyer's role perpetuates the justice or injustices within the system. We will consider strategies as to how you can effectively cope within the system; and consider strategies as to how lawyers can make a difference in the system. This section is open to all students whose externships touch the criminal justice system, including judicial externs.
Students in the Criminal Justice Section will respond to reflections focused on the above topic and must participate in two evening videconferenced class sessions.
Students in all Summer Legal Placement sections must participate in a live 2-hour orientation session at the law school scheduled for the end of the Spring semester.