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Externships For credit learning opportunities outside the classroom in placements such as the public defenders office, government agencies, law firms, corporations & nonprofits. Students cannot receive pay. Students need 22 credits completed to register for externships. Prerequisites or co-requisites, depends on each externship. See individual course requirements. 2
3 Clinics - Externships Difference between externships & clinics: Generally, in clinics, students work directly with Mitchells clinical faculty or adjunct faculty on cases that the Mitchell clinics decide to take. Think of Mitchells clinical faculty and clinical students functioning as a small law firm. Example: Child Protection Clinic. http://web.wmitchell.edu/legal-practice-center/client- representation-clinics/ In externships, students are placed outside the law school to work with attorneys/judges on projects/cases specific to that office or organization.
Externships Generally fall under two main categories at Mitchell: –Course based: In-class room component, plus field placement. –Independent externships: No class room component, but students have faculty supervision and one-on-one meetings; or similar placements may be grouped together under one faculty member to meet as a group vs. having individual meetings. –See http://web.wmitchell.edu/legal-practice- center/externships/http://web.wmitchell.edu/legal-practice- center/externships/ 4
5 Federal Judicial Externship About 3 weeks before next semester registration - application deadline. Watch for posting on the Docket. The application consists of: (1) resume, (2) transcript, and (3) short essay explaining why you want to do it. Preference given to students in the top 15% of the class, and for the spring program, preference given to 2Ls over 3Ls. After student is selected, student registers for the credits & class by contacting the course instructor.
6 Law & Business Externship Application process –Prof. Ainsworth First step: attend information session on Prerequisites: At least 2 business courses. Preference given to upper-class students.
7 Spring 2014 Law & Bus Placements Soffer CharbonnetMerrill Corp The Brewer GroupBlack Hills IP Best BuyRegis Corp Henson & EfronAon Benfield Code 42Valspar Virtus Law
8 Government Agency Externship First: Meet with Externship Director to discuss your interest. Second: Apply to the government agency through Symplicity- applications go directly to the agency. Third: Interview, selected, accepted. Fourth: Contact Externship Director to register for the course.
9 Examples of Govt Agencies Dept. of Transportation Dept. of Public Safety MN Pollution Control Agency Dept. of Human Services Public Utilities Commission Dept. of Human Rights Dept. of Agriculture Dept. of Labor and Industry Dept. of Veterans Affairs (federal) Dept. of Homeland Security Dept. of Housing & Urban Devt-Fair Housing
10 Real Estate & Local Govt First: Meet with Externship Director to discuss your interest. Second: Apply to the government agency through Symplicity- applications go directly to Hennepin County. Third: Interview, selected & accepted. Fourth: Contact Externship Director to register for the course.
11 Hennepin County Administration Placements Title Examiners Office Taxpayer Services Contracts & Procurement
Credits Register when you sign up for your other classes. Courses and independent externship credits are based on number of hours in your field placement. 50 hours = 1 credit 100 hours = 2 credits 145 hours = 3 credits 190 hours = 4 credits 12
Externships Not finding the externship experience you are looking for under Mitchells course offerings? See Independent Externships Symplicity postings (If pre-approved, will have my contact information on it. Search under job title legal extern.) Your own contacts – Mitchell mentors http://web.wmitchell.edu/legal-practice- center/externships/independent-externships/ https://law-wmitchell- csm.symplicity.com/manager/index.php?s=jobs&_ksl=1 13
Examples of Placements Independent Externships City of St. Paul Attorneys Office Neighborhood Justice Center (Note, MJF opportunities may be set up as independent externships) Corporations Small law firms North Carolina Legal Aid 14
How Many Externships Can I Take? During your law school career at Mitchell, you may have: A total of 4 credits from independent externships. Exception Process in place for more than 4. A total of 4 credits from independent judicial externships. Course based externships = no limit/22 credits for non-classroom. (register for one course each semester until the first round of registration is completed) 15
Why should I take Externships? Part of your legal education – gain hands on experience under attorney supervision & faculty guidance. Apply what you learn in the classroom to solve problems for individuals, agencies, corporations and nonprofits. Create enthusiasm & passion for the practice of law. Career exploration- test run, including alternative legal careers. Build your portfolio of legal skills. Employers want: Practical experience. 16
Plan & Strategize Your Legal Experience Have variety of practical experiences by the time you graduate: –Clinics & externships –Volunteer (MJF) –Paid clerkships Legal Experience section of your resume should be robust. Prove you are interested in a specific practice area. Have some variety to give you options to different employment opportunities. 17
First YearSecond YearThird Year Fall: MJFMJFTransition phase: What do I want my resume to look like when I graduate? Which areas do I need experience in? Externship/Clinic- following up on previous experience to gain more experience Spring: MJFExternship – still exploring interests Spring: Finalizing phase Externship/Clinic: Need to prove I have interest in area and experience. Exploration phase: Summer: MJF, paid position, volunteer, externship, take PR if possible Externship/clinic or paid position- still exploring interests 18
Contact Melissa Wright, Externship Director Melissa.Wright@wmitchell.edu 290-6369 Office 159 (1 st Floor, past Hachey Commons, follow the long hallway to the very end). Power Point will be posted on Mitchells Independent Externship Website. 19
13 In House Clinic Offerings: Business Law Clinic Child Protection Clinic Civil Advocacy Clinic Community Development Clinic Criminal Appeals Clinic Immigration Law Clinic Indian Law Clinic Intellectual Property Clinic 20
Clinic offerings (continued) Law and Psychiatry Clinic Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) Clinic The Reentry Clinic Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients Misdemeanor (Prosecution) Clinic 21
Contact Melissa Wright, Externship Director Melissa.Wright@wmitchell.edu 290-6369 Office 159 (1 st Floor, past Hachey Commons, follow the long hallway to the very end). Profs. Ann Juergens, Peter Knapp, Co-Director Clinics Ann.Juergens@wmitchell.edu Room 259 Power Point will be posted on Mitchells Independent Externship Website. 22