D.C. Semester In Practice Program
Students earn 13 credits while in residence in Washington, D.C.: 10 credits are earned from the externship and clinical seminar and 3 credits are earned from a non-clinical course. Students extern 448 hours over the semester and attend class twice a week.
The Role of the Executive Branch: The past decade has put the law of the executive branch at the center of American life. The goal of this course is to discuss these recent controversies in their current legal context, but also in a larger doctrinal, historical and political context. These discussions will span constitutional and statutory law, and the law within and across the branches of government and include domestic and foreign policy. Topics to be addressed in domestic policy include the President's power to appoint officials and implement statutes, the power of the Office of the Legal Counsel, and the power of Congress to investigate the executive branch. Topics to be addressed in foreign policy include Guantanamo Bay, drones, and current military activities in Iraq and Syria. This course is 3 credits and is graded.
Professor David Fontana, George Washington School of Law
- D.C. Externship Clinic: A 10-credit course, consisting of a 2-hour weekly seminar focusing on professionalism, career development and the various roles of Washington lawyers and 8 credits for work at the placement. Students receive a grade for one-half of these credits and receive a pass-fail designation for the other half.
Accepted students are matched with possible placements based on demonstrated interest and other qualifications.