Public Interest Law Externship

All King Hall externships have two components. Students perform substantive legal work at a field placement, and under the supervision of a faculty advisor, complete professional development assignments. See the externship website for more information. Students work with and under supervision of practitioners in a wide range of settings in the non-profit sector including advocacy groups, legal aid offices, and federal, state, county and city government offices. Assignments include client interviewing and counseling, research and writing, observation of administrative and judicial proceedings, attendance at client meetings, etc. Past placements have included Legal Services of Northern California, California Lawyers for the Arts, the ACLU, the US Department of Justice, California Attorney General and Agency offices, and civil placements with the US Attorney General.

Graduation Requirements: Counts towards Professional Skills Requirement
Grading Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

 

Child Welfare and Dependency Legal Externship: In this course, students will be introduced to the child welfare and dependency system in California. The course will cover when reports are first made to Child Protective Services, the investigation of child abuse and/or neglect, removal of children from parents and the court process that follows. Litigation in dependency matters are multi-faceted legal proceedings involving dependency law, criminal law, custody and parenting time issues, immigration issues and specialized appellate litigation. Students will get a hands-on education on how to investigate to gather facts in a case, how to analyze the law as it pertains to those facts and how to prepare a case for hearings before a judicial officer.  Students will be at the forefront of negotiating real-world issues on behalf of the county counsel’s office by negotiating and interfacing with attorneys for the parents and children, along with learning how to handle their own client, Child Protective Services, through interactions with various case-carrying social workers. This externship requires students to attend a 2 hour weekly seminar for which no additional units will be given.

 

Prerequisite: Evidence
Graduation Requirements: Counts towards Professional Skills Requirement
Grading Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Advanced Writing
No
Units
2 to 6
Professional Skills
Yes
Course Number
460
Active
Yes

Certificate

Cluster

Unit 16
Yes