Delivering Effective Education in Externship Programs (from Building on Best Practices)

28 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2015 Last revised: 30 Jun 2015

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Carolyn Wilkes Kaas

Quinnipiac University

Cynthia Batt

Stetson University College of Law

Dena Bauman

University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law

Daniel Schaffzin

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Date Written: January 5, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kaas, Carolyn Wilkes and Batt, Cynthia and Bauman, Dena and Schaffzin, Daniel, Delivering Effective Education in Externship Programs (from Building on Best Practices) (January 5, 2015). Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2015-6, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2561521 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2561521

Carolyn Wilkes Kaas (Contact Author)

Quinnipiac University ( email )

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Cynthia Batt

Stetson University College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

Dena Bauman

University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law ( email )

4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20003
United States

Daniel Schaffzin

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ( email )

One North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103-2189
United States

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