The SEMESTER-IN-PRACTICE Practicum is a full-time immersion course offering students both the support of an in-house clinic and an offsite externship. The SIP Practicum provides third and fourth year (3L, 4L) with full-time practical experience for an entire semester at a private firm, a corporation, a non-profit, legal services organization or a government agency. Students gain hands-on experience through either a paid or non-paid credit-based field placement working directly with an attorney/field supervisor and receiving oversight at the law school from a faculty supervisor(s). The learning outcomes and performance measures will be demonstrated as follows:
Outcome Measure: Students will be able to demonstrate substantial knowledge and understanding of legal rules and doctrine by
- Articulating legal rules in core substantive areas,
- Stating the elements and component parts of rules, the policies and social context that give rise to legal rules, and the trends in these subject areas.
- Explain the role of case law and precedent in our legal system.
- Explain the role and process of statutory and regulatory law.
- Explain the rules of discovery in civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings.
- Explain the objectives and processes of structuring civil transactions.
- Describe the theoretical frameworks for lawyering skills including interviewing, counseling, negotiation, advocacy and mediation.
- Describe the advantages and disadvantages of various processes for resolving problems.
Outcome Measure: Students will be able to employ legal skills as measured by the following:
- Use of legal doctrine to solve problems.
- Applying statutory and regulatory law to solve client issues.
- Conducting interviews in a structured and thoughtful manner.
- Counselling clients objectively, respectfully, and effectively.
- Conducting effective legal research, including:
- Creating an efficient and comprehensive research plan and implementing it.
- Drafting professional documents for litigation.
- Drafting professional documents for transactions.
- Communicating effectively, including:
- Using other communication skills, including:
- Conducting effective negotiations, including:
- Advocating for clients within legal settings and/or educating an audience.
- Collaborating and working effectively with colleagues, peers, supervisors, and staff.
Outcome Measure: Students will be able to exercise professional responsibility and illustrate the values inherent to an ethical legal practice through the following measures:
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct themselves with honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, empathy, civility, and cultural competence.
- Behave ethically in accordance with the Rules of Professional Responsibility (and relevant state and local rules of practice).
- Demonstrate self-awareness and a capacity for reflection, including:
a. Learning from mistakes.
b. Articulating personal preferences and biases, and actively working to counteract them.
c. Demonstrating concern for the experiences of others.
- Maintain a commitment to pro bono and public service.