621S Externship Seminar

Experiential education is an essential part of Duke Law School’s innovative curriculum.  The Externship Program is designed to allow a student to receive academic credit for gaining legal experience beyond what is available in the classroom and clinic settings by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a governmental, corporate, judicial, or non-profit law office.  In addition to the hours spent working in the externship placement, first-time externs take this one-credit companion class.  This class course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the problem of designing your life and vocation in and beyond law school.  We'll approach questions such as, “Once I have my law degree, how do I get a life?” “How do I synthesize what I like to do and what I’m good at?” and “What do I want out of life and work after law school?”

Topics we’ll cover include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace and what can hold you back from realizing your full potential, how to promote your own happiness, and how to set long- and short-term goals for getting the most out of your externship and beyond. This is an experiential course that includes readings, videos, seminar-style discussions, personal written reflections, and individual mentoring/coaching.

Credit for work in the externship placement (621) will be awarded on a Credit/No Credit basis, while the companion class (621S) is graded in accordance with the Duke Law grading policy for High-Pass / Pass / Low-Pass / Fail classes.  First time externs MUST take one of the two weekly Externship Seminars, offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first seven weeks of the semester.  Students will be automatically enrolled in the Externship Seminar after they turn in their Externship Registration Form (available here) to Monique Taylor at monique.taylor@law.duke.edu.  Students may not register themselves for the externship or seminar.

Evaluation Methods
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Degree Requirements
Course Type
  • Seminar
Learning Outcomes
  • Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession

Sample Syllabi

Fall 2022

2022
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.01 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon or Geovanny Martinez Tu, Thu 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 4044

Experiential education is an essential part of Duke Law School’s innovative curriculum.  The Externship Program is designed to allow a student to receive academic credit for gaining legal experience beyond what is available in the classroom and clinic settings by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a governmental, corporate, judicial, or non-profit law office.  In addition to the hours spent working in the externship placement, first-time externs take this one-credit companion class.  This class course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the problem of designing your life and vocation in and beyond law school.  We'll approach questions such as, “Once I have my law degree, how do I get a life?” “How do I synthesize what I like to do and what I’m good at?” and “What do I want out of life and work after law school?”

Topics we’ll cover include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace and what can hold you back from realizing your full potential, how to promote your own happiness, and how to set long- and short-term goals for getting the most out of your externship and beyond. This is an experiential course that includes readings, videos, seminar-style discussions, personal written reflections, and individual mentoring/coaching.

Credit for work in the externship placement (621) will be awarded on a Credit/No Credit basis, while the companion class (621S) is graded in accordance with the Duke Law grading policy for High-Pass / Pass / Low-Pass / Fail classes.  First time externs MUST take one of the two weekly Externship Seminars, offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first seven weeks of the semester.  Students will be automatically enrolled in the Externship Seminar after they turn in their Externship Registration Form (available here) to Monique Taylor at monique.taylor@law.duke.edu.  Students may not register themselves for the externship or seminar.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
None

621S.02 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon or Geovanny Martinez Th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 4000

Experiential education is an essential part of Duke Law School’s innovative curriculum.  The Externship Program is designed to allow a student to receive academic credit for gaining legal experience beyond what is available in the classroom and clinic settings by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a governmental, corporate, judicial, or non-profit law office.  In addition to the hours spent working in the externship placement, first-time externs take this one-credit companion class.  This class course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the problem of designing your life and vocation in and beyond law school.  We'll approach questions such as, “Once I have my law degree, how do I get a life?” “How do I synthesize what I like to do and what I’m good at?” and “What do I want out of life and work after law school?”

Topics we’ll cover include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace and what can hold you back from realizing your full potential, how to promote your own happiness, and how to set long- and short-term goals for getting the most out of your externship and beyond. This is an experiential course that includes readings, videos, seminar-style discussions, personal written reflections, and individual mentoring/coaching.

Credit for work in the externship placement (621) will be awarded on a Credit/No Credit basis, while the companion class (621S) is graded in accordance with the Duke Law grading policy for High-Pass / Pass / Low-Pass / Fail classes.  First time externs MUST take one of the two weekly Externship Seminars, offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first seven weeks of the semester.  Students will be automatically enrolled in the Externship Seminar after they turn in their Externship Registration Form (available here) to Monique Taylor at monique.taylor@law.duke.edu.  Students may not register themselves for the externship or seminar.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2022

2022
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.02 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon Th 6:00-8:00 PM 4000

Experiential education is an essential part of Duke Law School’s innovative curriculum.  The Externship Program is designed to allow a student to receive academic credit for gaining legal experience beyond what is available in the classroom and clinic settings by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a governmental, corporate, judicial, or non-profit law office.  In addition to the hours spent working in the externship placement, first-time externs take this one-credit companion class.  This class course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the problem of designing your life and vocation in and beyond law school.  We'll approach questions such as, “Once I have my law degree, how do I get a life?” “How do I synthesize what I like to do and what I’m good at?” and “What do I want out of life and work after school?”

Topics we’ll cover include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace and what can hold you back from realizing your full potential, how to promote your own happiness, and how to set long- and short-term goals for getting the most out of your externship and beyond. This is an experiential course that includes readings, videos, seminar-style discussions, personal written reflections, and individual mentoring/coaching.

Credit for work in the externship placement (621) will be awarded on a Credit/No Credit basis, while the companion class (621S) is graded in accordance with the Duke Law grading policy for High-Pass / Pass / Low-Pass / Fail classes. 

This seminar is REQUIRED for all first-time, part-time Externships.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Fall 2021

2021
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.01 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon T 6:00 PM-8:00 PM 4045

Experiential education is an essential part of Duke Law School’s innovative curriculum.  The Externship Program is designed to allow a student to receive academic credit for gaining legal experience beyond what is available in the classroom and clinic settings by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a governmental, corporate, judicial, or non-profit law office.  In addition to the hours spent working in the externship placement, first-time externs take this one-credit companion class.  This class course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the problem of designing your life and vocation in and beyond law school.  We'll approach questions such as, “Once I have my law degree, how do I get a life?” “How do I synthesize what I like to do and what I’m good at?” and “What do I want out of life and work after school?”

Topics we’ll cover include the integration of work and worldview, the realities of engaging the workplace and what can hold you back from realizing your full potential, how to promote your own happiness, and how to set long- and short-term goals for getting the most out of your externship and beyond. This is an experiential course that includes readings, videos, seminar-style discussions, personal written reflections, and individual mentoring/coaching.

Credit for work in the externship placement (621) will be awarded on a Credit/No Credit basis, while the companion class (621S) is graded in accordance with the Duke Law grading policy for High-Pass / Pass / Low-Pass / Fail classes. 

This seminar is REQUIRED for all first-time, part-time Externships.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
None

Spring 2021

2021
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.02 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon Tu 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Syllabus: 621S.02.Spring2021-syllabus.docx82.14 KB

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

Fall 2020

2020
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.01 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon Tu 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

Spring 2020

2020
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.02 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon T 6-8:00 PM 4000

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

Fall 2019

2019
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.01 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon W 7:00-8:50 PM 4000

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

Spring 2019

2019
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.01 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon Tu 7:00-9:00 PM 4000

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

Fall 2018

2018
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.01 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon M 6:10-8:10 PM 4045

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

Spring 2018

2018
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.02 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon M 6:00-7:50 PM 4042

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

Fall 2017

2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Days/Times Room

621S.01 1
  • Reflective Writing
  • Class participation
  • Other
Anne Gordon Th 7:00-9:00 PM 4045

The externship seminar serves as the one-unit companion course for law students who are engaged in externships in the Triangle area.  Students will reflect on their placements, work on their communication skills, and deepen their understanding of professionalism through the classroom discussions and reflection papers.

Grading Basis: Graded

Pre/Co-requisites
Externship

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.