Semester in Practice & Semester in Practice Seminar | L5029/L5030

At Denver Law, the required course of study for students seeking to enroll in a legal externship includes a fieldwork component (L5025) and an accompanying for-credit, graded seminar. The Semester in Practice Program is one of our Specialty Programs.

The Semester in Practice program is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop practice skills by working full-time (40 hours/week) in legal programs of concern to the legal profession and community. This is a capstone experience offered to students in their last year of law school only, where students have significant exposure to the substantive law in their externship. Each SiP is customized to the needs and desires of the student. Faculty meet with prospective students to help them find the externship that will provide significant development for them on their way to becoming practicing lawyers. The SiP is one of a handful of such programs in the country. Example placements include public defender offices, prosecutor offices, private firms, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations.

As this is an externship, field credit earned may vary, up to 12 credits, depending on the student's needs. Typically, students must enroll in at least 8 field credits. A 3-credit in class seminar completes the program, allowing students to earn up to 15 credits. To earn credit and a grade of "pass" for the fieldwork component of an externship, students must complete their hours at the placement under the supervision of an approved attorney and must complete a series of reflective-based assignments throughout the semester under the supervision of externship faculty.

In conjunction with the field placement, each student enrolls in a 3 credit graded seminar with other Semester in Practice Program students under the supervision of a member of the externship faculty to explore common and contrasting areas of professional responsibility, professional identity, professional tasks and skills, professional ethics, values, decision making, and more presented in the various extern settings. The seminar includes self-evaluation and reflective exercises. Students receive a letter grade for the seminar.

To enroll, please place yourself on the waitlist for both the fieldwork and the seminar portion of class, which are listed as L5029 and 5030. Once you have submitted the paperwork required to be enrolled in this program, the Externship Office will remove you from the waitlists. Please consult the Legal Externship Program website for more information on enrolling in a legal externship and contact with any questions on this program. Please note: the application process for the Semester in Practice program runs on an earlier calendar than other externships. Visit the Semester in Practice page for the most up-to-date information.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: Ranges
ULW: This course does not meet the Upper Level Writing requirement. (ULW)

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