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Maximize Your Experience

  1. Plan your schedule far ahead so as to accommodate prerequisite requirements and avoid schedule conflicts with your desired courses. It can be helpful to map out your ideas and prospective timing for an externship or clinic as you complete your first year at King Hall.
  2. Think about your educational and professional goals for the externship.
  3. Find and review information about prospective placements -- you can review past student evaluations (stored in room 1380A), talk to Sara Jackson, Director of Externships, and, if possible, speak with any students who have previously externed at the office or 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 your externship supervisor.  Communicate your educational goals to the supervisor, ask for a statement of the placement's expectations of you, and develop a mutual agreement regarding your duties and responsibilities.
  6. Certain placements - most frequently Criminal Justice placements - will not permit students to work until a background check has been completed. This process can take several weeks, and you should plan ahead to factor this into your application process and prospective working dates.
  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. Complete and submit assignments in a timely manner, and 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. Do not wait until the semester is almost over or the problem is insurmountable to enlist the advice and aid of your faculty sponsor.
  14. Maintain an open-minded and critical learning state of mind throughout.