Placements occur in a wide variety of law-related settings such as Indigenous communities, legal clinics, non-profit organizations, or non-governmental organizations. They will expose students to a range of competencies important for legal work for the duration of one term. Placements share an overarching commitment to, and analysis of, the operation of access to justice. Student-specific competencies aligned with the learning outcomes are developed by the student, Placement Supervisor, and Externship Director. Students are expected to develop a Learning Agreement describing these competencies and plan to meet them over the term. In addition, students complete a midterm and end-of-term evaluation.
Project-based External Placements are typicall developed by faculty members and community need. Once a PBEB has been developed, students will be recruited. Students should await email instructions for applying to available positons.
PBEP is open to students in their second or third year during either term. Students will reflect on the placement experience, its implications on communities’ experience of “justice” and the significance of collaboration with external parties and communities. Regular appointments will be scheduled between the student, placement supervisor and academic supervisor. An orientation, mid-term and debrief sessions will be scheduled with all students in PBEPs. Students are permitted to enroll in one PBEP per academic year.
2-4 credits. Most PBEPs will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. If the Academic Supervisor opts to move to graded system, all students must be assessed on the same basis. There is additional detail about evaluation in the sample syllabus. The form of evaluation will be set prior to registration and may not be changed once the course has begun.
Students will be evaluated on four course components:
1) Attendance at meetings (including class meetings);
2) Completing requisite hours per week of course related work and logging the hours;
3) Completion of assignments; and
4) Collaborating with peers, lawyers, community members as relevant and course instructors.
Feedback will primarily come from the Placement Supervisor based on the work conducted by the student over the term.