Examining the Use of For-Profit Placements in Law School Externship Programs
Suffolk University Law School
Clinical Law Review, Vol. 14, p. 37, 2007
Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 07-08
NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 06/07-12
This article explores the debate regarding the use of for-profit law firms and companies as placements in law school externship programs. The goal of this article is to discuss the potential drawbacks and benefits of for-profit placements in externships programs and, for those programs that allow for-profit placements, discuss approaches and guidelines to minimize the legitimate concerns of those who oppose such placements. After reviewing the relevant history and applicable rules, this article sets forth arguments for and against for-profit externship placements. The author concludes that such placements are appropriate if they further the goals of individual externship programs, but that certain guidelines should be followed to minimize legitimate educational concerns.
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Date posted: January 26, 2007 ; Last revised: December 9, 2012
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