Semester in Government Program (SIG - D.C.) (Spring registration only)The Semester in Government Program (D.C.) carries a total of 12 academic credits. This program allows students to spend a concentrated amount of time in the office of counsel to a federal government agency in Washington D.C. Students are placed under the supervision of an approved SIG-D.C. supevising attorney/mentor and a faculty advisor. Students will spend 30 hours per week working on a variety of matters. Depending on the particular placement selected, students may assist in drafting legislative and/or regulatory initiatives, legal research and writing projects, policy analysis, bill negotiations and/or litigation. Students are required to maintain daily reflective journals of their placement experiences and submit the journals weekly to the faculty advisor, along with other faculty directed assignments and meetings. Students receive nine clinical credits for their placement work, meetings, reflective journal and other assignments from the faculty advisor. In addition, students are required to take a Government Ethics course available through distance learning or online for three additional credits. Students interested in SIG-D.C. must contact the Law Clinic & Justice Center in early Fall to discuss placement options and the application process.
Semester in Practice (SIP)Second- and third-year students are afforded a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in exceptional judicial, governmental and public interest offices for an intense semester-long placement experience. Under the direct supervision of highly experienced supervising attorney/mentors, students will spend 30 hours per week participating in and conducting the legal work of their chosen office. Depending on the placement, students may be involved in witness interviewing, trial preparation, legal research and writing, drafting of opinions, fact investigation, depositions and conducting trials or hearings. Students participate in the related field placement class, and maintain a daily journal of their placement experiences, and meet periodically with the director of field placements. Students receive nine credits for their supervised field work, contemporaneous clinic class, journals and other faculty assignments. Students interested in SIP must contact the Law Clinic & Justice Center and make an appointment with the director of field placements.