William Edward Covington
LAW B 567
Seminar Description and Objectives General Externship Perspectives (GEP) is a seminar that seeks to enhance the experiences of students working as public service externs. GEP students normally work in one of four fields: As law clerks in the state or federal courts; As public prosecutors or defenders; In non-governmental advocacy organizations; or In a federal, state or local government agency.
The GEP seminars four goals are to provide students with: 1. Information and training which supplements the externship; 2. An opportunity to meet and speak with professionals working full time in: the courts; the criminal justice system: non-governmental advocacy organizations or in government work; 3. An opportunity to reflect on their externship work and the law; and 4. General information on some of the skills the Carnegie and McCrate Reports** identify as needed by successful lawyers.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Requirements Because this is a class following a busy work day for externs, the course requirements are less challenging than is typical in a normal law school setting. Students are expected to do the following: 1. Attend all required class sessions; 2. Compose a two to three page paper (double spaced) on one of the topics included in some of the assigned reading materials, these packets will be sent to you via e-mail and posted on the course web site (see Appendix-Detailed Course Requirements); 3. Keep a journal of, and be prepared to share information about, the externship experience (see Appendix-Detailed Course Requirements); and 4. Hold at least two meetings with the field supervisor to discuss designated topics (see Appendix-Detailed Course Requirements).
Class assignments and grading
Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend all meetings. Sessions cannot be missed without prior approval from the instructor. The class will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and unexcused tardiness (appearing more than fifteen minutes after class start time) will count as an absence.
Reading Materials Assigned reading materials/homework packets and any other relevant course materials will be sent directly to students via email and posted on the course web site.
Grading GEP is graded Credit/No Credit. In order to pass the course students must earn at least (90) ninety externship points. Externship points are calculated as follows: Attending classes (5 points per class, 35 possible points); Completing all assignments (5 points per assignment, 35 possible points); Submission of journal entries (5 points per entry, 10 possible points); Submission of memoranda re meetings with field supervisor (5 points per entry, 10 possible points); Submission of an end of quarter transfer memo (one memo-10 points).
Students are also allowed to turn in newspaper and/or magazine articles which will be rated at 1 point per article. A team of interested students (no more than three persons) can conduct a class session for 25 points per team member.