Emory University School of Law
Apply for Consideration for Higher-Credit Externs
Emory Law 3Ls now have the option to earn up to 6 credit hours in an externship, provided the placement is one that offers "a distinct and significantly enhanced educational experience" by virtue of the increased amount of fieldwork. In other words, it should offer a qualitatively different experience, not just a quantitatively different one.
Students would be required to work 50 additional hours for each additional hour of credit (averaging about 14, 18 and 21 hours per week for 4, 5 and 6 credits respectively); however, they would take the same companion class as their 3-credit counterparts.
Placements that qualify for higher-credit externs must be willing to have a midterm in-person meeting between the extern, at least one supervisor, and either the externship director or an adjunct professor designated by the director, every semester, to ensure the student is on track and receiving appropriate supervision and experiences. Additionally, as a measure of the likelihood of compliance with this enhanced program, a significant factor in approving placements for higher-credit externs is a record of timely compliance with the regular externship program's requirements, including application processes, evaluations, supervision and feedback, as well as participation in Georgia Association of Legal Externships CLEs.
Because of the additional teaching time required for the midterm meetings, the number of qualifying placements will be limited to 12, with the goal of limiting the overall number of students taking higher credits in a given semester to 24.
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What is the maximum number of credit hours you propose students at your placement be allowed to elect?
4 (200 hour total commitment, avg. 14/wk)
5 (250 hour total commitment, avg. 18/wk)
6 (300 hour total commitment, avg. 21/wk)
Would students be required to work the maximum number of credits, or could they elect anywhere from 3 to 6 credit hours?
Must work maximum
Can elect credit hours
Not sure/no preference
Would you make decisions about which students to make offers to based on how many hours they proposed to work, or would you leave that up to the student once they accepted the offer?
Base decision on hours
Leave it up to student
Not sure/no preferene
If a student were to work 13 (17, 20) hours per week at your placement instead of the usual 10, what sorts of tasks or experiences would the student be exposed to that it is impracticable for them to experience at 10 hours per week?
If approved, I am obligated to
(1) do my best to ensure that high credit externs' additional fieldwork hours lead to a significantly distinct and enhanced educational experience, and
(2) make myself or my designee available to meet with every higher-credit extern and an Emory faculty member at the midterm, each semester.
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