By signing below, you indicate that you agree to and understand the contents of the attached MOU, as well as the following:
This is an educational program designed to teach law students about law practice, both in the academic component provided by Emory, and in their experience with your organization.
1. Approval Is Not Guaranteed.
This externship is subject to the approval of the externship director.
To meet requirements for credit, students must work a minimum of 150-300 hours, depending on the credit-hour option selected. Students must therefore propose a realistic work schedule that allows them to complete their hours requirements in 6-12 weeks. Students cannot begin work until after the end of the Spring term, and cannot end later than the first day of Fall classes. See the academic calendar
for specific dates.
In order to have the externship considered for approval, the student must initiate the process with the learning objectives discussion, and complete the process with a petition, following Emory Law procedures. The placement must be approved for academic credit before the student may begin work.
2. Close Attorney Supervision and Feedback Is Essential.
Externs are rising 3Ls and should be given the a substantial lawyering experience that is reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks (including policy work). They should not be used to perform clerical duties beyond what attorneys in your office would ordinarily do.
Externs will be given an orientation to alert them to key ethics issues, but they may not have taken Legal Profession yet. So, to provide proper ethical and legal guidance, you and the other attorneys in your organization agree to provide close supervision of the extern, and will not ask the extern to perform work that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law.
If your organization is engaged in the practice of law, you must provide malpractice insurance coverage of the student’s work to the same extent that you provide for other nonlawyers working in your office on legal matters (as Emory cannot provide malpractice insurance for students whose legal work it does not supervise).
3. Midsemester Conference Is Required.
In addition to supervision and feedback, and the required evaluations discussed in the MOU
, the supervising attorney will make him or herself available for a midterm conference (in person, or via video, as appropriate) with the faculty instructor and the student approximately halfway through the student's work term. This conference will be tentatively scheduled at the time the placement is evaluated, and confirmed upon approval. At this conference, the faculty instructor will facilitate a frank conversation between the student and the supervisor about both positive and constructive feedback.
4. Educational Mission.
Students are prohibited from being compensated for work in courses such as this one in which the student is to receive academic credit for the course. "Compensation" includes money from third-party sources, such as grants. However, reimbursement for reasonable expenses such as parking is permitted.
Additionally, this is not a contract employment program or a job placement program. Students should not be expected to take the place of a paid employee, and their time cannot charged to anyone outside the organization. And while students are not prohibited from accepting jobs at organizations where they have previously been an extern, this program should not be viewed as a "trial period" after which the student is guaranteed a paid position. The goal of the program is to teach the student skills that are useful to a young lawyer practicing in any setting, not merely to train them to work in your organization.