Semester in Practice
About This Class
The Semester in Practice (SiP) Program is a field-based externship in which students apprentice (without pay) with lawyers in all areas of practice. The SiP is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced legal professional who are experienced lawyers or professionals with a JD (where appropriate) who work with and within: government (state, federal and local), NGO's, non-profit organizations, corporations and law firms. The SiP provides an opportunity – through observation, participation, practice, and reflection – to improve students’ legal knowledge and skills and to inform and expand their vision of what the practice and profession of law can be. Components and Requirements of the SiP Course: There are two different components to the SiP program: a practicum component and a classroom component. Students are provided supervision in each aspect of the program. For the practicum component, students are designated an on-site attorney supervisor. For the classroom component, each student is assigned a faculty supervisor from Vermont Law School. All students are required to participate in a five-day on-line orientation prior to the first day of work on-site. Credits and Grading: Students enrolled in the full time program work for 15 weeks, full-time according to the schedule of their assigned office, and receive 11 experiential credits and 2 classroom credits. Experiential credits are awarded on a pass-fail basis and classroom credits are letter-graded. Eligibility: 1. Students who are in their 4th, 5th and 6th semester who have a GPA of 2.4 or higher are eligible to participate. 2. Timely submission of a request to enroll form and submission of required materials (a list of required materials is included on the request to enroll form). Application Deadlines: 1. In order to participate in a Fall SiP, students must complete the request to enroll by February 1st. 2. In order to participate in a Spring SiP, students must complete the request to enroll by September 30th. Satisfies the skills requirement.