The success of field placement programs depends on the willingness and ability of the supervising attorneys to serve as available role
models and teachers. We ask all site supervisors to agree to the following responsibilities as a condition of participation in our program.
Externship Site Supervisors should have at least three years of practice experience.
On the student’s first day on site the site supervisor should provide a basic orientation including:
- an office tour and staff introductions;
- an overview of the jurisdiction or mission of the agency or organization and the general legal issues presently before it;
- a briefing on office protocols including work schedules, security, filing systems, dress code, computer/phone usage, and email
- guidelines and resources for successful performance of extern assignments.
The Extern Site Supervisor should provide the extern with adequate work space, a safe work environment, and research
facilities or necessary resources.
The Extern Site Supervisor should ensure that:
- The student’s assignments are part of the agency or organization’s regular workload and give the student some in-depth exposure
to issues pertinent to the agency or organization’s activities.
- The student’s assignments are as varied as the agency’s or organization’s workload and the student’s abilities reasonably
- The student is included in discussions of strategy and implementation that arise out of research, writing or other work in
which the student has played a significant part, whenever reasonably feasible.
- The student is allowed to observe a sampling of matters that are routinely handled by the organization, but which are beyond
the scope of the student’s capabilities.
- The student’s assignments are reasonable in terms of the student’s commitment to work for the agency or organization
approximately ten hours per week in the fall/spring and 32 hours per week in the summer.
- Menial tasks (filing, library updating, photocopying, running errands, etc.) will occupy a minimal percentage of the student
Regular Contact and Supervision
The Extern Site Supervisor should have regular contact with the student extern throughout the course of the semester, including:
Developing Learning Goals and Work Plans
The Extern Site Supervisor should work with the student to develop goals for the
externship experience and form a work plan that will enable the student to meet these goals.
Weekly Meetings & Feedback
The Extern Site Supervisor should meet with the student extern approximately once a week in order
to provide the student with general supervision and regular feedback. (The student may also work with and be supervised by
other individuals within the organization, provided that the Site Supervisor continues to maintain this regular contact). The
subject matter of these meetings may include evaluating the student’s performance over the course of the prior week, discussing
the activities of the organization, and analyzing particular successes and problems that arise in the course of the externship.
The Site Supervisor might also seek to assist the student in developing insights into legal practice, the lawyering process,
the application of the Rules of Professional Responsibility in practice, the general legal principles involved in the
organization’s work, and otherwise provide guidance that can assist the student in launching his or her own legal career.
This kind of mentoring can have tremendous educational value to the student, transcending even the value of the practical
experience the student gains through the externship.
The Extern Site Supervisor should provide the student with constructive, detailed evaluations of his or her
performance. During the course of the semester, the Site Supervisor will complete a Site Supervisor Mid-Term Evaluation of
the Extern and a Final Evaluation of the Extern. The Site Supervisor should communicate, either verbally or in writing, with
the student’s Faculty Supervisor at the end of the semester, to discuss the Site Supervisor’s perceptions of both the student
extern’s work and the externship program generally. Extern Site Supervisors are invited to call the UNC Externship Program
Faculty Supervisors, Professor Maria Savasta-Kennedy at 919.843.9805 or Professor Janine Zanin at 919.962.4068, with any
questions or comments.
Site supervisors acknowledge that this is an educational experience primarily for the benefit of the extern; that the extern does not
displace or substitute for any employees, and that other than reimbursement for incidental expenses, externs may not be compensated
for their work.
Equal Employment Policy
The UNC School of Law is committed to providing its students and graduates with equal opportunity to obtain
employment, including externships, without discrimination on the basis of an individual's race, color, gender, national origin, age,
religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (hereinafter his/her "protected
status"). Participating sites agree to comply with this anti-discrimination policy.
I have read and agree to abide by the Responsibilities of a Site Supervisor in the UNC School of Law Externship Program.