What is a Practicum?

A practicum course offers students an opportunity to earn 2 or 3 credits in connection with an unpaid experiential opportunity. In a practicum course, students will:

  • Engage in a project for a real client under the supervision of an on-site practicing attorney or supervisor and a full-time faculty member.
  • Organize, sequence and reflect on their learning through biweekly meetings with a full-time faculty member.
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of experiential work each week (not including travel time) for a 3 credit Practicum OR 6.5 hours of experiential work each week (not including travel time) for a 2 credit Practicum each week for 14 weeks.
  • Submit weekly emails to the full-time faculty member that include hours completed, a description of all work, and a self-evaluation of any work completed.

To register for a Practicum:

Practicum Approval

Before registering, students must obtain approval from Dean Ramji-Nogales if:

  1. you are interested in engaging in an independent placement (i.e. not a School-Designed Practicum) or
  2. you have previously worked (either volunteer, for credit or paid) in a prior summer or academic semester at the practicum placement or
  3. the placement is at a for-profit entity.

In order to register for an independent, for-profit or repeat practicum placement, students must complete the Practicum Approval Form.

Summer 202312:00 PM on April 27, 2023
Fall 202312:00 PM on July 27, 2023
Spring 202412:00 PM on December 14, 2023

Practicum Agreements

All students who wish to register for a practicum must submit a completed Practicum Agreement, signed by the student’s faculty supervisor and site supervisor, to Student Services through the form linked below. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all signature and approvals are obtained before the registration deadline. Students, Field Placement Supervisors, and Faculty Supervisors may electronically sign the Practicum Agreement by completing and signing the form in Adobe Acrobat. Instructions on how to electronically sign this agreement can be found online here.

Summer 2023By 12:00 PM on May 19, 2023
Fall 2023By 12:00 PM on August 18, 2023
Spring 2024By 12:00 PM on January 5, 2024

Practicum Student Field Supervisor Handbook & Student Evaluation Form