In 1993, six Los Angeles area ABA-accredited law schools formed a consortium, the Greater Los Angeles Consortium on Externships (GLACE). In 2005, GLACE welcomed Chapman University School of Law in Orange County as a GLACE member. The primary purpose was to develop joint standards for the field supervision of externs by field supervisors, judicial clerks and research attorneys.
That goal was accomplished with the preparation and adoption of the GLACE Supervision Manual for Field Placement Supervisors (see link on this page). The GLACE Field Supervision Manual has received national attention and a version of it has been adopted by many law schools throughout the country with off-campus externship programs.
A secondary and continuing goal adopted by GLACE is to provide our valuable field supervisors with as much information and support as we can to facilitate effective education and mentoring of our students. This website is for you, our field supervisors. It is currently a work in progress, so be patient with us as we continue to add resources and information. We have already posted contact information so you can easily access the faculty and support staff for each of our externship programs.
Help us prepare our externs!
If you are supervising any of our externs, please take a moment to assist us in preparing our externs for the field experience by completing the survey found at the Help Us Prepare Our Externs link on the menu bar at the left. Your input as field supervisors in the past resulted in many programmatic changes for GLACE law schools (see the article that resulted from your last survey input at the menu bar on the left entitled Our Publications and Other Resources), and we look forward to your input and suggestions to keep our programs dynamic.
Did you miss our last supervision forum?
Nearly 100 field supervisors, including court clerks, government lawyers and public interest lawyers, attended our last Supervision forum in 2008 at Southwestern Law School. Those who attended earned two MCLE credits and met with all GLACE law school faculty and staff at a reception afterwards. The program focused on the Glace Supervision Manual and offered presentations by William Patton at Whittier Law School on Practical Externship Ethics, by Carolyn Young of Chapman Law School on How to Critique Externs’ Written Work Effectively, and by Anahid Gharakhanian of Southwestern Law School on Tips on Effective Supervision and Training of ‘Generation Y’ Externs. For your convenience, the programs are posted at this site under the link at the left on the menu bar at Did You Miss our Last Supervision Forum?