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Maximize Your Experience

  1. Plan your schedule far ahead so as to work in the externship with the least conflict with other desired courses. It helps to map out your ideas for a externship/clinical as you complete your first year at King Hall. Thinking ahead to see what semesters you want to participate in the program can assist your planning.
  2. Think about your goals for the externship.
  3. Examine all the data available to choose a placement of interest to you. Review the files in the Clinical Office, talk to Rena Contreras, and if possible, talk to any students previously placed in the agency of interest to you.
  4. If possible, observe in advance the working conditions of the placement.
  5. If possible, arrange for an advance interview with the person who will supervise you at the placement. Communicate your goals to the supervisor, ask for a statement of the placement's expectations of you, and attempt to arrive at some mutual agreement as to your duties.
  6. Certain placements, especially in the Criminal Justice, will not permit students to work until a background check has been completed. This process can take several weeks, an important reason to start your application early.
  7. Schedule your time in at least four-hour blocks at the placement.
  8. Study the Code of Professional Responsibility (which you must certify to having read under State Bar Rules).
  9. Keep a calendar of appointments, deadlines, court appearances, etc. Remember punctuality is far more important in externship placement than at law school.
  10. Remember that the attorney-client relationship of which you are now a part is a confidential one.
  11. Make a good impression from the very beginning. Work doubly hard early; but don't take on anything that you're not sure you can handle.
  12. Do not hesitate to ask questions no matter how simple.
  13. Use your initiative to get what you want from the externship. Don't waste even a day; but recognize your position and use tact in order to get what you want.
  14. Do not wait until the semester is almost over or the problem is insurmountable to enlist the advice and aid of your faculty sponsor.
  15. Maintain an open-minded objective critical learning state of mind throughout.