At least one supervisor must be an attorney licensed by the State Bar of Texas, in good standing, and in practice for five years or more.
Supervising Attorneys are requested to:
1. Sign and approve the accuracy of student’s time sheets. Complete an evaluation form at the end of semester and return to the externship director.
2. Assign legal work for the student to do, keeping clerical tasks to an absolute minimum. Whenever hearings are held, especially in connection with a task assigned to the student, make the opportunity available to the student to attend and discuss the hearing afterward.
3. Meet with the extern student regularly (at least once a week) to review and critique work performed and provide guidance on future assignments. Feedback is an important element in the student's learning, and it is expected that a mentoring relationship will be established and the supervising attorney will discuss many aspects of practice or judging, including issues of professional responsibility, throughout the semester.
4. At the beginning of the externship, review the student’s learning objectives/goals for the semester and discuss with the student.
5. We ask supervising attorneys to avoid billing a client for a student’s time spent on a client’s matters. The student can not be paid for any work performed during the semester the student is enrolled in the extern program by any member of the supervising law firm/company.
6. If requested, please send a resume or brief letter describing your legal background to the externship program director, at the address below:
Cecily A. Becker
Director of Externship Program
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
If you have any questions, contact Cecily Becker at 817-212-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.