Delivering Effective Education in Externship Programs (from Building on Best Practices)
28 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2015 Last revised: 30 Jun 2015
Date Written: January 5, 2015
The article is a section of the book "Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World." It is part of an overall section describing the current and recommended state of experiential education in law schools today, which (among other recommendations) concludes that is a best practice for every law student to be able to enroll in at least one in-house clinic course and at least one externship course. The recommendation is based on the important distinctions between the two forms of clinical legal education, and the essential contributions that each makes to preparing law students for practice.
This section takes a close look at externship courses and programs, and identifies the necessary features for excellence in externship education. These include (1) Immersion in Real Life Practice, (2) Dual Supervision (by both faculty and field supervisors), (3) Guided Reflection, and (4) Student Self-Reliance and Self-Determination.
Keywords: Externships, Experiential Education, Best Practices
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