SEMESTER IN PRACTICE (PRIVATE FIELD PLACEMENT)
INFORMATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS
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WHAT IS SEMESTER IN PRACTICE (PRIVATE FIELD PLACEMENT)?
It is an opportunity for students to work in a private law firm or corporate setting (i.e. in-house in a corporate legal department), to experience the day-to-day operations of the firm or corporate office and observe lawyers in practice. Students may enroll in Semester in Practice to receive units for a private field placement during the academic year and during the summer session. Students should note that during the summer session, students must pay for units on a per-unit basis.
HOW DO STUDENTS IDENTIFY A PRIVATE FIELD PLACEMENT?
A student interested in the Semester in Practice program is responsible for identifying both the law firm or corporate office and a licensed attorney at the firm or office who is willing to serve as a supervisor. The supervisor must agree to meet all law school requirements to qualify for an unpaid private field placement, including providing assignments and feedback, signing timesheets, assisting the student in identifying field placement goals, and completing an evaluation.
All private field placements must be vetted and approved by the Program Director for Private Field Placements prior to a student’s enrollment in the Semester in Practice program. Thus, students must adhere to all applicable deadlines in submitting their application for the Semester in Practice program. Private Placement Application
Some firms/companies have been “pre-approved” for a private field placements, subject to a site visit to be performed by the Program Director for Private Field Placements, Prof. Grace Parrish. Although a firm/company may be “pre-approved” students must still apply to the Semester in Practice program and confirm that they meet all program requirements prior to enrollment in the program.
All Private Placement Field Placements must be approved in advance by Professor Grace Parrish. Thus, students should submit their applications for the Semester in Practice program prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student seeks to extern. Applications should be submitted online to the Field Placements Department
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A PRIVATE FIELD PLACEMENT?
Students who have completed the first year of law study, either day or evening [a student must have a minimum of 28 units completed], are eligible if they are in good academic standing (not on probation) with a Loyola GPA of 2.33 or higher.
Transfer students cannot participate in the Semester in Practice program until their second semester at Loyola.
WHAT ARE THE UNIT AND TIME REQUIREMENTS?
All students participating in a private field placement must enroll in a concurrent course taught by the Program Director for Private Field Placements during the same term in which they are completing the field placement units. All Semester in Practice externs must also attend a mandatory orientation at the beginning of the semester, whether or not they previously attended the mandatory orientation session in a prior semester at Loyola.
Students may take a maximum of 6 units or private field placement units during their tenure at Loyola, subject to the following limits:
SEMESTER IN PRACTICE/PRIVATE FIELD PLACEMENT
- A private field placement requires a minimum commitment of 2 units and is limited to a maximum commitment of 4 units in the Fall or Spring semester. During the Fall or Spring semester, students may choose to do 2, 3 or 4 units.
- During the Summer term, students are permitted to enroll in 1 unit of private field placement, however, students must complete a minimum of 104 hours for the 1 unit. During the Summer, students may choose to do 1, 2, 3, or 4 units. Please note that units taken during the Summer are not part of a student’s regular tuition. Thus, students should check with the Student Accounts office as to tuition costs per unit during the Summer term
- Students may not do more than one private field placement during the Fall or Spring semester. During the Summer term, students may do more than one private field placement provided they do not exceed the 6 unit maximum described above. Students must also receive written confirmation from the firms/companies that the student wishes to extern at approving employment at both and confirming that there is no conflict in working at both placements.
- Students may do a private field placement at the same firm or company in more than one semester or summer session if approved in advance by Professor Parrish.
Each field placement unit requires 52 hours of supervised legal services over a semester or summer session. These field placement units will be graded pass/fail. Students should check the JD Handbook for any restrictions on pass/fail units, however, of the 87 units that are needed to graduate, 20 may be ungraded and 14 may be field placement units (6 units total for private firms/corporations).
Students are also required to complete the online classroom component course requirements in each semester that they are enrolled in a private field placement. Attendance is mandatory for each class as the class does not meet every week of the term. Thus, students should calendar class dates accordingly upon receipt of the syllabus.
For more information, please contact Prof. Grace Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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