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Role of Advisor

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

Approved field placement supervisors must:

  1. 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. Some exceptions are made for certain placements, such as in the legislature or with lobbying groups.
  2. Initial and sign the Memorandum of Agreement at the beginning of the semester, provide a mid-semester evaluation and a final evaluation assessing the student's overall performance.
  3. Provide regular and specific feedback to the student with respect to particular assignments.
  4. The externship director will meet at least once during the semester with the student and field supervisor, ideally in-person but if not, by phone or on video conferencing platforms.

What is the Role of the Faculty Supervisor?

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 helping them set and make progress toward personal goals, providing an academic context for the student, and facilitating the student's reflection and externship learning experience. Although the externship director has the primary responsibility to oversee field placements, the faculty supervisor may want to contact the field supervisor concerning particular issues. 

At the beginning of the semester, the students will recieve a syllabus outlining all requirements and deadlines. Faculty supervisors will:

  • Review and provide feedback on student journals
  • Meet with students at least twice during the semester, either one-on-one or in group sesssions.

Students will have a mid-semester and final evaluation of their work at the placement. The faculty advisor will provide a formal evaluation of the student, on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis, based on the student's performance at the placement and satisfaction of all other requirements. If, in the informed judgment of the faculty member, after consultation with the student's externship supervisor(s), the Externship 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, award the student an unsatisfactory grade.