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Spring 2009 - Public Service Lawyering

Harrington, Eden E

Credit Hours: 3  Course ID: 397S  Unique # 28885

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
M3:30 - 5:20 pmJON 4.208B
Exam Type  Date Time      Name Range Regular Room Extegrity Room
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
28695 - Non-Profit/Government (2 or 3 hrs)
28700 - Non-Profit/Government (2 or 3 hrs)
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: Completed application materials are to be submitted to Eden Harrington ( no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. Direct questions to Eden Harrington (; ph. 512-232-7068).

Please see the course website:  http://www.utexas.  edu/law/academics/clinics/nonprofit/

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 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 provide students with broad exposure to the activities of their offices and varied assignments.  The course will address topics relevant to the legal profession and becoming a lawyer, including legal ethics, access to justice, lawyering 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, legislative and judicial internships are not eligible.) 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 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.

NOTE:  Students should register for 2 or 3 hr.  Internship AND the Public Service Lawyering seminar.

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