Clinics and Externships Program Continues to Expand
Student interest and demand for practical experience is at an all-time high. The C&E Program has thoughtfully and thoroughly prepared a selection of opportunities for students who are interested in learning through practical work experience.
This summer, the C&E Program offerings include the Prosecution Clinic through the Lane County District Attorney's Office and more than forty externships.
Students at the clinic at the DA's office are focused on criminal prosecution while students at externships are working across the country doing a wide range of work. A few of the summer 2013 externship placements are listed below:
- City of Chicago Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division
- Davis Shapiro & Lewit LLP, Beverly Hills, California (entertainment law and IP issues)
- Klamath Falls Legal Aid
- Octagon Football, San Francisco, California (sports marketing client representation)
- U.S. District Court, Portland, Oregon
- Water Rights Services Division of the Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, Oregon
- Youth, Rights, and Justice, Portland, Oregon
Externships provide students with the ability to pursue work that is meaningful to them and tailored to their own unique interests and professional development, all while earning academic credit. Students consistently rate these experiences as some of the best of their law school career. Recent graduate Jim DiVerde has said about his placement that, "Working at the U.S. Attorney's Office has been a great supplement to my education. Law school would not have been the same or nearly as enjoyable had I not participated."
While students can create their own externships, many externships exist in a handful of areas of interest, including:
- Child Advocacy/Family Law
- Criminal Justice
- Domestic Violence
- In-House Counsel
- Local Government
In addition to the opportunity to work at a field placement in an externship, students can also participate in a clinic. The clinical program provides law students with closely supervised experiences in representing clients and solving real world legal problems. While this summer students are working exclusively at the prosecution clinic, during the school year, students have the opportunity to enroll in the following clinics, several of which have advanced level opportunities:
- Civil Practice Clinic
- Criminal Defense Clinic
- Criminal Prosecution Clinic
- Domestic Violence Clinic
- Environmental Law Clinic
- Nonprofit Clinic
- Probate Mediation Clinic
- Small Business Clinic
- Small Claims Mediation Clinic
Although the clinics represent diverse practice areas, each clinic provides (1) the opportunity to work on actual cases; (2) feedback and guidance from clinical instructors; and (3) classroom lectures and discussions providing students with an opportunity to reflect on their experience.
Of his Small Business Clinic experience, Matt Ipson says, "The supervision was fantastic. There are only eight students in the clinic and two supervising attorneys. We had one-on-one meetings with one of the supervising attorneys each week to discuss our client work. Further, I constantly exchanged emails with the supervising attorneys to get feedback on the documents that I was working on."