Course Details

Practicum: Public Interest Law

The goal of this Practicum is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of public interest law practice. Students spend 12 hours per week in an approved externship with a non-profit public interest organization. Students work under the supervision of attorneys in these offices and conduct research, write briefs and memoranda, interview clients and witnesses, participate in community education efforts, and assist attorneys in trial preparation and trial. Students with 711 licenses may have the opportunity to appear in court under the supervision of their field supervisor. Students must secure their own placement in consultation with the faculty member. Students also participate in a weekly seminar where they discuss assigned readings and their externship experience. Topics may include ethical issues faced by public interest lawyers, theories and models of public interest law practice, the role of lawyers in social movements, lawyer-client relationships, and the role of pro bono work in public interest law. Students maintain a reflective journal on an ongoing basis about their field placement experience, the readings, class discussion, and responses to assigned questions relating to the week¿s topic. Students also submit a final reflective paper addressing some aspect of the field placement experience. Students are graded on the journal, class participation, the final paper, and successful completion of the externship.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 638
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionConstitutional Law & ProcedureLegal Skills DevelopmentProcedure Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Requires Practicum Placement


Course History

Spring 2016
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 5

Fall 2015
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 6

Spring 2015
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 4

Fall 2014
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 8

Spring 2014
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 8

Fall 2013
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 8

Summer 2013
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Bedi, Sheila (courses | profile)
Bedi, Sheila A
Tepfer, Joshua
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 33     Actual: 36

Spring 2013
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 7

Fall 2012
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 3