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Extern Information for Students

Basic Course Requirements

  1. Credit - Students may earn 1, 2, or 3 credit hours.
    1. Hours – Students must complete 60 hours of field work for each credit hour. (I.E. 60 hours MINIMUM for 1 hour credit; 120 hours MINIMUM for 2 hours credit; 180 hours MINIMUM for 3 credits.);
    2. The number of credits available for a particular placement will depend on 1) the type of experiences available at the specific placement; 2) what works best for the organization and work involved; and 3) the student’s needs.
    3. This course is not complete until the end of the regular semester. It is expected that the fieldwork hours will be spread out over the duration of the entire semester, although the hours need not be equally distributed per week.
    4. For fall and spring semester, students must work a minimum of 10 weeks; for summer- 5 weeks.
  2. Forms – Throughout the semester and according to the syllabus, students submit:
    1. Learning Plans;
    2. Timesheets; and
    3. Reflective Journals
  3. Classes – For first time participants, there are mandatory externship classes as well as online discussion sessions held during the semester.
  4. Compensation – Students may NOT receive compensation for work performed at their placement at any time during the semester the student is enrolled in the Extern Program. This includes stipends and fellowship funds.
  5. Duties – Students must engage in legal and law-related tasks. These tasks vary with supervisor and assignment, but usually include legal research, writing briefs and memoranda, drafting pleadings, investigating cases, interviewing clients/witnesses, planning or implementing case strategies with supervisor, observing court hearings and depositions.
  6. Third Year Bar Card – Externship students who have completed 45 hours may apply for a Third Year Bar Card (from the State Bar of Texas), which allows a student to practice law and appear in court under attorney supervision, with client consent. Student must have a licensed attorney to sponsor the Bar Card.

  7. For other information contact: Cecily Becker, Director of Externship Program at cbecker@law.tamu.edu or 817-212-4058.