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Spring 2008 - Public Service Lawyering

Harrington, Eden E

Credit Hours: 3  Course ID: 397S  Unique # 29265

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
T3:30 - 5:20 pmTNH 3.128
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Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must have at least 43 credit hours to register.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
29045 - Non-Profit/Govt
29050 - Non-Profit/Govt
Non-profit/Government Internship - Students must be approved by the instructor prior to registration. Application required, along with resume and copy of unofficial transcript. An application for this internship can be accessed on the web: http://www.utexas.edu/law/sao/academics/apps.html. Completed application materials are to be submitted to Eden Harrington (eharrington@law.utexas.edu) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. Direct questions to Eden Harrington (eharrington@law.utexas.edu; ph. 512-232-7068).

Description
Non-profit/Government Internship/Public Service Lawyering

This course consists of two components focused on public service lawyering:  a 3- credit writing seminar (graded) and an internship for either 2 or 3 credits (graded pass/fail).  Students must register for both components, earning a total of 5 or 6 credits.  Students are expected to work at their internships during most or all of the weeks in which the class meets.

The program sends students into public service practice to gain experiences that they reflect upon and analyze in class.  Placement supervisors are experienced attorneys who are asked to provide students with broad exposure to the activities of their offices and varied, demanding assignments.  The course will address a variety of topics relevant to the legal profession and becoming a lawyer, including legal ethics, access to justice, advocacy and communication skills, analysis of the lawyering role, etc.  Course requirements include short writing assignments, a legal research paper, presentations, and supervision meetings with the instructor.

Students must consult with the course instructor to develop their field placements at government offices and non-profit organizations.  (Prosecution and judicial internships do not qualify as placements for this course.) An application and instructor approval is required prior to registration.

Students are required to work 60 hours per credit for their internship:  i.e., 120 hours for the 2-credit placement option, and 180 hours for the 3- credit placement option.  These hours of work must be completed before the end of fall classes.  Each intern will arrange a mutually convenient work schedule with their supervising attorney.  Students may not receive compensation (including a Baron & Budd Fellowship) for their internship work.

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