Working with a Student Extern

Experienced attorneys or judges who participate in our Externship Program assume principal responsibility for each student in an externship field office and serve as the contact person for the School of Law's externship professor. Field supervisors are expected to regularly meet with students to provide them with general supervision, evaluate performance and mentor the student extern. Students are expected to work in their externship primarily at the field supervisor's office site.

What You Need to Know

A Field Supervisor must:

Be an employee of the sponsoring organization or someone who provides legal services on behalf of the sponsoring organization; be a licensed attorney who is in good standing with a minimum of three years legal experience; or a judge or justice currently serving on the bench.

A Field Supervisor should expect to mentor and train their extern by doing the following: 

Provide meaningful and practical experiences to the extern including providing opportunities for the extern:

  • to observe legal proceedings when available, 
  • to observe client contacts when available, 
  • to observe other lawyering activities when available, 
  • to shadow the Field Supervisor,
  • to perform legal research and legal writing, and 
  • to utilize their legal analysis skills.

Monitor the quality and quantity of work assigned to the extern and keep clerical tasks to a minimum.

Meet regularly with the extern and provide feedback to them on their performance.

A Field Supervisor will also be required to do the following:

Verify the extern's work hours.

Provide progress reports and schedule a site visit as requested by the externship professor. 

Complete a written evaluation of the extern's performance at the completion of the externship.

Contact Us

School of Law

Keller Hall 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772