Stetson University

Individual Externship

Credit Hours Vary

Overseeing Professor:
Jason Palmer, Associate Professor of Legal Skills
jspalmer@law.stetson.edu

Program Description:
This program allows students to obtain credit for performing legal work and educational activities at approved placements that fall outside the scope of preexisting clinic and internship programs. This program will not allow a student to receive credit for a private law firm placement. Students will perform legal work such as research and writing, reviewing documents, conducting investigations, drafting documents, and observing legal proceedings. Additionally, students will submit guided reflections and work product assignments, and actively participate in academic activities assigned by the overseeing professors.

Program Requirements:
• 40 hours per semester for each credit hour awarded;
• Orientation course during first week of the semester;
• Meet at least twice with overseeing professor (schedule is flexible and may be done via web or phone conference);
• Submit weekly time sheet on TWEN;
• Submit weekly journal entries on TWEN;
• Work product assignments;
• Academic activities assigned by the overseeing professor; and
• Final reflective paper

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Approval of placement by the overseeing professor; and
• Fulfill any other requirements of the hosting placement.

Application Requirements:
Application procedures and deadlines for this program do not conform to other Stetson programs. The student must secure a legal position for a government agency, a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation, or legal aid organization. The student must also submit a written application to the overseeing professor and receive approval at least 30 days before the first day of classes. If approved, the overseeing professor will notify the Office of the Registrar of the student's enrollment in the program and the number of credit hours the student is expected to receive. Contact Professor Jason Palmer for more information on the application procedures for this program.

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