Risks and rewards of Externships: exploring goals and methods

Linda F. Smith, Jeff Giddings, Leah Wortham


Externships or field placement programs involve students placed away from the law school and supervised by a person who is not employed by the law school. Externships offer many potential rewards for students as well as other stakeholders, including especially community institutions. But there are also risks—risks that the externship will be expected to accomplish too much with too few resources or that the externship program will be held back in the potential for contribution due to inadequate imagination or planning. This article seeks to encourage externship teachers to put aside assumptions that are sometimes made about how externship programs “should be” and consider some alternative approaches to course design and possible goals for externship courses.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19164/ijcle.v24i3.667

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ISSN 1467-1069
ESSN 2056-3930