Appellate Advocacy Externship - Not currently offered

4 Credit Hours for Fall and Spring;
4 Credit Hours or 7 Credit Hours for Summer

Overseeing Professor:
Jason Palmer, Associate Professor of Legal Skills
[email protected]

Program Description:
Students will receive meaningful learning opportunities in appellate advocacy, including conducting legal research, preparing legal documents, attending legal proceedings and/or meetings, interacting with other attorneys, and completing other work the field supervisor considers significant. Each intern usually will complete at least one significant piece of legal writing during the externship, based on the work assigned by the student's field supervisor. Interns will also be required to maintain weekly journal and submit a final reflective paper. This written work will also be evaluated by the faculty supervisor. The externship will be assessed on the S/U scale.

Program Requirements:

  • 160 hours per semester for fall or spring;
  • 160 hours for 4 credits or 280 hours for 7 credits for summer;
  • Meet at least twice with overseeing professor (schedule is flexible and may be done via web or phone conference);
  • Submit weekly time sheets on TWEN;
  • Submit weekly journal entries on TWEN;
  • Academic activities assigned by the overseeing professor; and
  • Final reflective paper.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
  • Successful completion of Professional Responsibility;
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • No other legal employment/volunteering during externship;
  • Interview with Professor Palmer;
  • Interview with supervising attorney(s); and
  • Provide a writing sample upon provisional acceptance into the program.

Application Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see; and
  • Timely submit additional documentation as required for this program. (Students are notified of additional requirements after applying and being provisionally placed in the program.)