The Charlotte Externship Program is an exciting opportunity for second-year and third-year students to gain real-world experience in a "field placement," with the supervision of a licensed attorney or judge.
You will spend the spring semester externing at a participating host organizations in the Charlotte area. In addition to the externship, you will also participate in a weekly online Legal Theory in Action course. You will receive a total of 13 credit hours for the semester.
The externship runs from the first day of class through the last day of class with observance of the law school spring break. During this time you will work 35 hours a week with your host organization. Host organization settings for the externship include:
As a part of the unpaid externship, you will participate in the kinds of activities that first-year attorneys perform, including conducting research on pending cases, analyzing contracts, reviewing discovery material, performing due diligence, drafting pleadings and other documents, spending time in the courtroom, participating in mediations and arbitrations, and interacting with clients.
Legal Theory in Action explores the issues that arise in field placement practice. The course begins by considering how you develop the core competencies you will use in practice and then builds on this theme through discussions of:
The course further explores how lawyers balance the competing demands of practice and personal life.
Jennifer Flynn (BA '86, JD '89) has worked in both private practice and as in-house corporate counsel. She also has an extensive background with community organizations, particularly non-profits, in various capacities.
Her experience includes training individuals and groups in substantive learning and strategic planning as well as providing legal representation and board leadership. Jennifer has a passion for connecting people with similar interests and skills, so that they can learn from one another.
In her role as program director, she is able to use her legal knowledge, administrative expertise, and interpersonal skills to help students find a field placement that will challenge them and address their interests. Her skill set also enables her to establish and maintain relationships with the host organizations.
She seeks to raise awareness of the myriad career paths available to a lawyer, enabling students to have another lens as they evaluate their professional goals in conjunction with their values and priorities.
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