Civil Practice, High Tech, and Social Justice Externship I

Catalog No.: 590

Course Description:

Students learn about the functioning of lawyers through practical experience in law offices, governmental entities, nonprofit corporations, or high-tech companies. Students work under the direct supervision of a California licensed lawyer. Students can earn 1 unit for every 50 hours of approved work, to a maximum of 5 units. The Externship includes observation of/or participation in several of the following activities: interviewing and counseling; fact and law investigation and organization; resolution of client problems in non-adversarial contexts (e.g., drafting contracts, tax advice, estate planning); resolution of client problems in an adversarial context (e.g., negotiation, court appearances in various proceedings, drafting of litigation documents); internal office affairs (e.g., file management, client communications, office policy and procedure). Students must concurrently register for and successfully complete the Externship Seminar: Civil Practice (705). Course credit will be awarded only on satisfactory completion of both the fieldwork and the seminar. Graded Credit/No Credit. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure (114). If High Tech in nature, this course will count towards the High Tech Certificate. Certificate(s): High Tech Law , Public Interest and Social Justice Law Certificate (List A)