An Independent Residency combines a field component and an academic component for the most complete learning experience. For the field component, you determine where you want to work—in a law office, government agency, legal department, etc.—secure an site supervisor at the site, and identify a faculty member to supervise you. You get the chance to observe and perform legal work such as interviewing and counseling clients, conducting legal research and factual investigations, drafting memoranda and other legal documents, and at times advocating in court as certified student attorneys, working under the supervision of a site supervisor.
Working with a faculty supervisor, we also develop the academic component consisting of:
- Goal-setting and reflective writing assignments specific to you
- Mid-semester evaluation meeting with your site supervisor and faculty supervisor
- Additional reflective writing assignments common to all externship placements
- A deep exploration of a topic of law, legal policy, or legal practice related to your placement through reading and discussions, a research paper, or other academic pursuit
You can earn 8-15 credits based 30-40 hours of fieldwork per week, in addition to time spent working with your faculty supervisor and completing work for the academic component. Please contact Externship Director Denise Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your options.
You can participate in Semester in Practice if you are in the final three semesters of law school (in other words, the last year of law school, including summer) and have:
- A 2.8 or better cumulative GPA (waivable with permission of the Dean of Academic Excellence)
- Identified a willing site supervisor at a work site at which you’ve not already worked; Career Services may be of assistance
- Completed all graduation requirements
If you are interested in a summer or fall Independent Residency, please complete the Independent Residency Application and email your completed application to email@example.com. The application deadline for Fall 2020 Residencies, including Independent Residencies, is August 1, 2020.
If you are or may be interested in a spring residency, Please complete the online application form (https://mitchellhamline.edu/careers/legal-residencies/legal-residency-application/).
If you have application questions or need assistance of any kind, please contact Denise.Roy@mitchellhamline.edu.
Prior to submitting your application, you are required to:
- Review the Student Guide for Independent Residencies: Student Guide.
- Consider what your learning goals are for your proposed Independent Residency and include that information in your application.
- Share the Site Supervisor Guide for Independent Residencies with your proposed site supervisor: Site Supervisor Guide.
- Develop a work plan in consultation with your proposed site supervisor for your Independent Residency – the details of your work plan should be included in your application.
- Share the Faculty Supervisor Guide for Independent Residencies with your proposed faculty supervisor, who must be a member of the full-time faculty: Faculty Supervisor Guide.
- Develop the academic component of your proposed Independent Residency, in consultation with your faculty supervisor, and include those details in your application.
Fillable forms needed once Independent Residency begins
- Independent Residency Assignment Checklist
- Education Agreement to be completed, executed and submitted immediately after learning goal assignment is complete: Residency Education Agreement Template
- Fundamental Lawyering Skills Rubric to be used for site supervisor mid-term and final evaluations: Fundamental Lawyering Skills Rubric
- Student Self-evaluation form to be used for student mid-term and final evaluations: Student Self-Evaluation Form