Supervising attorneys serve as mentors to the students, and are asked to train students on the skills that will help them become practice ready, offering students the opportunity to work on client matters that will allow them to develop skills and gain real life experience and insight. In furtherance of the program’s mission and goals, some of the basic responsibilities of supervising attorneys include:
- Assigning substantive and meaningful legal work for the student to accomplish. Whenever hearings are held, especially in connection with a task assigned to the student, make the opportunity available to the student to attend, and discuss the hearing afterward;
- At the beginning of the externship, discussing and setting learning goals with the student for the semester;
- Signing and approving the accuracy of the student’s time sheets, and completing an evaluation (provided by the school) at the end of semester, discussing it with the student and returning a copy to the Externship Director at the address below;
- Meeting with the extern student regularly to review and critiquing work performed and providing guidance on future assignments. Feedback is an important element to the student’s learning. It is expected that a mentoring relationship will be established and the Supervising Attorney will discuss many aspects of practice or judging, including issues of professional responsibility, throughout the semester; and
- Not billing a client for a student’s time spent on a client’s matters. The student cannot be paid by any member of the supervising law firm/company for any work performed during the semester the student is enrolled in the Extern Program.
Copy of end-of-semester evaluation should be sent to:
Cecily A. Becker
Director, Externship Program
Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
If you have any questions, contact Cecily Becker at 817-212-4058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.