BEST PRACTICES FOR EXTERNSHIPS: CONFRONTING CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTATION AND SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER GROWTH AND RESPECTABILITY

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Saturday, 8:45 – 10:15 am

BEST PRACTICES FOR EXTERNSHIPS: CONFRONTING CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTATION AND SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER GROWTH AND RESPECTABILITY, Room LB 237

Cynthia Batt, Stetson University College of Law

Dena Bauman, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Carolyn Kaas, Quinnipiac University School of Law

Danny Schaffzin, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

This session seizes on the first gathering of externship educators since publication of Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World. Led by the authors of that book’s chapter on Externships, the session will review the chapter’s recommendations before turning to two tasks: a frank appraisal of the challenges in implementing the chapter’s recommendations; and cultivation of ideas for using the chapter’s guidance to enhance both externship courses and the standing of externship pedagogy across the legal academy. We invite new, emerging, and experienced Externship educators to consider best practices across the spectrum of externship program. We will discuss the prospect of mandatory externship courses and challenges faced in this new era of experiential learning. We will close with a look at emerging best practices for externships and with a call for action for the next phase of externship growth.

 

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