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Program Internship Requirements

All Program majors must complete the required Program Internship, LEGL 416. (Note: This Internship course fulfills the General Education requirement of a Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) course.) All questions about the Internship, including but not limited to the timing of the Internship, the suitability of a location for the Internship, the suitability of clinical Internship work, and the substantive work that must be completed as part of the classroom and clinical Internship components, should be directed to the instructor of record for the class or the Program Coordinator. In order to insure that a student’s internship is a successful experience, a student may not accept an internship for credit until the internship has been approved by the instructor of record or the Program Coordinator. A student must complete all prerequisite courses before entering LEGL 416. (All prerequisites are listed in the University Catalog.)

LEGL 416 is offered every winter term. If needed because of anticipated graduations, LEGL 416 may also be offered during the spring term. As with all Program courses, the fact that LEGL 416 is offered does not guarantee that there will be sufficient enrollments to meet the required course minimum. Enrollment priority for LEGL 416 will be based upon anticipated date of graduation. For example, a student who reasonably expects to graduate at the end of the winter term would be given enrollment priority for winter LEGL 416 over a student who expects to graduate at the end of the spring, summer, or next fall term. Absent advance written permission, you may not begin your clinical internship work (e.g., your field experience) prior to the time that you begin LEGL 416. The location of your Internship, as well as the general nature of the substantive clinical Internship work you will do, must be approved in advance.

Your clinical Internship work must be properly supervised. If you are working in an office where legal services are being provided, you must be supervised by a licensed attorney. Under no circumstances are you to engage in activities that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law. If you are uncertain about whether any task you are asked to complete might constitute the unauthorized practice of law, you should consult with your supervising attorney. You should also consult with the instructor of record for the class, or with the Program Coordinator.

The Program has established more specific guidelines and rules regarding the Program Internship. These guidelines and rules are incorporated in the LEGL 416 Syllabus and course materials. You must familiarize yourself with the guidelines and rules that are outlined. Failure to follow the Syllabus, and all specific guidelines and rules of the LEGL 416 course, may result in failure to receive credit for, or a passing grade in, LEGL 416. This may result in your graduation being delayed.