Position Title: Externship Director
Job Description: The Externship Director reports to the Dean
through the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and is responsible for the development, administration, and management of the
externship program for second- and third-year law students for a semester of in-the-field, live, practical, hands-on experience in the
practice of law. The Director is responsible for ensuring compliance with the American Bar Association Accreditation Standards, ensuring a
quality experience for each extern, as well as developing and cultivating relationships with law firms, government entities and community
service agencies both local and nationwide.
- Works with local non-profit organizations, government entities, judicial chambers and even private
law firms to develop meaningful field placement opportunities for students
- Works closely with students to assure a successful field placement, requiring:
- organizing regular programs each semester
to recruit and inform students about the Externship Program and the types of placements that are available;
- advising students
individually regarding the selection of an appropriate placement based upon their previous experience (both work and academic), their
existing skills, their personal goals for an externship (i,e., skills development, substantive law experience, exposure to new area of
practice), and the types of experiences offered by each agency or office; and
- advising students about other clinical or skills
opportunities that may be available to students outside of the Field Placement Program.
- organizing regular programs each semester
- Assists students enrolled in
the Externship Program with any problems which may arise during the semester such as supervisory issues, time management issues, or meeting
their goals for the placement. Problems may be addressed through working with the student to develop a plan of action or through direct
intervention by the Director, depending upon the nature of the problem.
- Under ABA rules, for-credit field placement requires that students enroll in an accompanying class that deals with
substantive legal issues, as well as issues related to professionalism and ethics. Depending on the exact structure of the program, the
Director may teach the class component. In this case, the Director would also have to have some type of faculty appointment (i.e., adjunct
Visiting Placement Sites, Communicating with Placement Supervisors, and Conducting Supervision
- Develops relationships with the students’ supervisors at the various agencies, nonprofits, and
judicial chambers; screens new potential placements and ensures that appropriate plans of supervision are in place for existing placements;
personally visits placement sites and meets with placement supervisors to assess the nature of the supervision, types of available projects,
resources available to students, qualifications for student externs, and suggestions about the program; and reviews reports by the
supervisors about the students and communicates when needed with the individual supervisors.
- Students in the Externship Program are required to submit time sheets, interim reports, final
reports, journals, supervisor evaluations and writing samples. The Director reviews and retains these materials, monitoring and evaluating
the student experiences, and seeks to identify and address any problems that may arise at a placement.
QUALIFICATIONSJuris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school, member of the Oklahoma bar or some other
state bar; experience as a practicing attorney; ability to develop and cultivate relationships with various constituencies; ability to
develop and implement a solid and meaningful externship program; excellent writing, communication, organizational, supervisory and
analytical skills; superior interpersonal and oral presentation skills; word processing and technical skills; ability to work independently;
ability to do weekend travel and work; ability to appreciate cultural diversity in communications with all groups associated with the
Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school, member
of the Oklahoma bar or some other state bar; experience as a practicing attorney; ability to develop and cultivate relationships with
various constituencies; ability to develop and implement a solid and meaningful externship program; excellent writing, communication,
organizational, supervisory and analytical skills; superior interpersonal and oral presentation skills; word processing and technical
skills; ability to work independently; ability to do weekend travel and work; ability to appreciate cultural diversity in communications
with all groups associated with the University.
Demands: Standard office environment.
Posting Detail Information
Open Date: 03/07/2023
Special Instructions to Applicants:
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University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an
affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University
does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national
or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or
marital status. The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/ Veteran.
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