University of Dayton School of Law
Externship Field Supervisor
Policies & Resources
Fostering Law Students' Transition into Lawyers
At the University of Dayton School of Law, we want students to seamlessly transition into their role as a lawyer, which is why every law student is required to take a practical experience course for credit in their final two semesters. The Externship course provides a semester-long legal apprenticeship where students obtain significant practical experience in a legal setting that is reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer and develop professional lawyering skills. This experience is enhanced by opportunities for critical reflection where students establish and evaluate individual learning objectives and analyze their experience from a variety of perspectives.
This website will arm Externship Field Supervisors with information so that they can:
Identify the course requirements and expectations.
Adopt the dispositions of a mentor in their supervisory role.
Recognize professional responsibility issues that could impact a law student in an externship.
Provide opportunities for their externs to reach their learning objectives and develop practical lawyer competencies.
Give regular and specific feedback to their extern.