The Carolina Externship allows you to spend 5 weeks in a “field placement” at a law firm or legal department for academic credit over the summer term. You and your supervising attorney will set goals at the beginning of the summer and work together to make sure you meet your objectives by the end of your placement experience.
Our online classroom portion will give you the opportunity to reflect on the skills you are developing and the professional you are becoming. You won’t have to do it alone either. Your classmates will contribute to your personal and professional reflections throughout the online portion of the course.
The Carolina Externship requires 35 hours of work per week at your placement for at least 5 weeks, which typically occurs during Summer Session 1. Our students have practiced and placed in numerous areas of the profession, including in-house, small firms, public interest, and government law offices. Most of our placement relationships are in-house and many are located in the Charlotte area.
You may also secure a placement on your own and consult Professor Goodwin for approval. All placements must be supervised by an attorney.
During the externship, Professor Goodwin will check in periodically with your host organization to make sure that you are receiving assignments involving substantive legal work and getting feedback from your supervisor.
Elizabeth Goodwin is the director of the Carolina Externship. As the program director, she will help you find a field placement that will meet your interests and passions. Throughout the externship, Professor Goodwin will check in with your host organization to make sure that you are receiving assignments involving substantive legal work as well as feedback from your supervisor.
Our online course will explore the issues and experiences that you encounter during your field placement and what you can expect to see in your future legal career. The course, which is taught online one night a week, begins with setting your goals and researching your placements. Other course topics include client relations, the business of law, networking and building your brand, and other professionalism topics. Personal and professional reflection is a major component of this course. In addition to writing a weekly reflection paper, you’ll engage with other students in the program no matter where they are pursuing their placement in the U.S.