Aother advantage Cumberland School of Law has to produce exceptional attorneys is its clinical education, which includes externships in judicial, litigation, corporate, government and public interest offices. Externships are coordinated through the director of clinical education.
Cumberland School of Law is located in Birmingham, Ala., a thriving legal community with more than 4,000 practicing attorneys, Federal and state courts, and government agencies. Externships give students an opportunity to work with experienced lawyers, and to apply in a real setting what they have learned in the classroom. This gives students an inside view of a particular area of practice. In addition, externships give students the opportunity to enhance their advocacy skills through real-world practice in various prosecutor’s offices, legal services programs, judge’s chambers and numerous other positions. Networking for future career options is also a vital aspect of these experiences. Every student who wants an externship has the opportunity to participate.
Externship registration is open to all second- and third-year students and is available for every Cumberland School of Law student who wants to participate. Students work 120 hours during a semester and receive two credit hours. Some placements have prerequisites. For example, the placement for the district attorney’s office requires that a third-year student must be certified under the Alabama Rule for Legal Internship. To qualify, the student must be approved by the Alabama Bar as a student, must have completed the second year of law school, and must have successfully completed Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy. Prior to the start of course registration, the Office of Clinical Education holds an information/registration meeting during the fall and spring semesters. Students are allowed to do six hours of placement/class hours. The first time a student participates in an externship, the student is required to take the one-credit-hour seminar class. If a student participates in a second externship, the student does not take the seminar class again.
Judicial Externship I & II
Corporate Externship I & II
Litigation Externship I & II
Government Agency Externship I & II
Public Interest Externship I & II
United Nations, The Hague; Department of Justice, Narcotics & Dangerous Drug Section, Washington, D.C.; Federal Bureau of Investigation; University of Ohio, Athletics Compliance; San Francisco Bay Keepers; Solo practitioners and small law firms; Judge Advocate General (multiple placements across the U.S.); Attorney General’s Offices (multiple placements across the U.S.); States Attorney’s Offices (multiple placements across the U.S.); Public Defender’s Offices (multiple placements across the U.S.); Federal Judges (multiple placements across the U.S.)
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