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Role of Advisor

What is the Role of the On-Site Supervisor for Externships?

Approved field placement supervisors must:

  1. Normally be actively licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which their supervision will take place and must have actively practiced law for three years before beginning their supervision.
  2. Furnish a mid-semester evaluation and a final advisory report assessing the student's overall performance.
  3. Provide regular and specific feedback to the student with respect to particular assignments, and have at least two formal scheduled review sessions with the student to review progress--one at mid-semester and the other at the conclusion of the clinical.
  4. Ideally, to have contact by phone or in-person with the faculty member in charge at least once at mid-semester and, if for any reason it is felt necessary, more frequently.

What is the Role of the Faculty Advisor?

Faculty members assigned to the externship programs are expected to take an active role in the education of the student for a variety of purposes, including finding out what and how the student is doing, providing an academic viewpoint to the student, and generally facilitating the student's externship learning experience. It may be helpful for the faculty member to contact the field supervisor either in person or by telephone sometime around mid-semester in order to check progress and problems.

The method of faculty sponsorship and evaluation is within the faculty member's discretion and should be fully explained before commencing the externship. At a bare minimum (except for semesters away) there must be definite periodic face-to-face meetings appropriate to the number of credits sought. Faculty Sponsors are required to make a site visit to all placements where the extern is taking four (4) or more units. Other requirements may include any combination of the following:

  • Written journals outlining the daily experience
  • Copies of written work done in the field
  • Communication with field supervisors
  • Telephone contact
  • Field visits

A final summary and evaluation from the student and field placement supervisor(s) will be solicited by the Clinical Office. On the basis of this data, the faculty member will formally evaluate the student on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. If, in the informed judgment of the faculty member, after consultation with the student's externship supervisor(s) and the Clinical Office, and the Dean's Office, the student has performed less than satisfactory work, the faculty member may either award credit proportional to the amount of satisfactory work completed, or, if necessary, be given an unsatisfactory.