Supervising Attorney Basic Responsibilities

Externships-courtroom--Grand Prairie City AttyExtern Jesus Marquez (left) with supervising attorney Trish Nasworthy (right) at City of Grand Prairie, City Attorney's Office

Supervising Attorneys serve as mentors to the students and are asked to train students on the skills that will help them become practice-ready. Supervising Attorneys should allow students to work on client matters that will help the students develop skills and gain real life experience and insight. In furtherance of the Externship Program’s mission and goals, here are some basic responsibilities of Supervising Attorneys.

  • Assign substantive and meaningful legal work for the extern student to accomplish. Whenever hearings are held – especially in connection with a task assigned to the student – the student should be offered the chance to attend and discuss the hearing afterward with his/her Supervising Attorney.
  • Discuss and set learning goals with the student at the beginning of the externship.
  • Approve the accuracy of the student’s time sheets and sign the sheets as required. Complete an evaluation (provided by the school) at the end of semester, and discuss it with the student. Please return a copy to the Externship Director at the address below.
  • Meet regularly with the extern student to review and critique the work he/she has completed, and provide 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.
  • Supervising Attorneys must agree not to bill a client for a student’s time spent on the client’s case. Additionally, 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 Externship Program.
  • Supervising Attorneys are subject to the Texas A&M University Nondiscrimination and Abuse Policy.

A copy of the 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