Field Placement Program
The Field Placement Program provides students an opportunity to perform legal work under the supervision of a practicing attorney at approved governmental agencies, as well as nonprofit legal services organizations and nonprofit public national and international organizations. Students will work a specified number of hours per week under the supervision of a practicing attorney, complete a goals memorandum, maintain weekly journals of their experience, participate in online discussions, and write a final reflective paper.
The ultimate service
Lindsey Collins, L'14
Lindsey Collins spent her entire professional career before law school in public service. As a lawyer, she plans to continue on that path, and she views joining the Army Judge Advocate General Corps as “the definitive way to serve my community and my country.” KU Law’s Field Placement Program provided an ideal opportunity for Collins to accept a competitive summer position with Army JAG at Fort Leavenworth — earning course credit while accumulating invaluable practice experience in precisely the arena she wants to enter after graduation.
“On day two, I sat down with trial counsel and started working through a case. I had an assignment to write three motions my second day,” said Collins, L’14. “It was a little overwhelming, but so exciting.”
Because her superiors have a true open-door policy, Collins has learned volumes about the military justice system and been empowered to take on challenging assignments. After President Obama’s recent comments about sexual assault in the military, questions arose regarding undue command influence in military cases, and Collins conducted research and served as part of a team that drafted new jury selection questions for consideration.
“I don’t think you need to have an interest in pursuing an Army career to pursue an internship with the JAG office,” she said. “The practical experience that begins immediately is worth it for every aspiring attorney — great trial strategy exercises and fantastic writing assignments, all while wrestling with substantive issues in the law. It’s going to be applicable in any law practice.”
Admission to the Field Placement Program
In order to enroll in Law 894 Field Placement Program and receive credit for a field placement, you must:
1) Have completed two semesters of law school;
2) Be in good academic standing;
3) Have a firm field placement offer that meets the requirements below; and
4) Apply and be accepted into the Field Placement Program.
Field Placement Ideas
If you are not sure where you want to work, or want more placement ideas, please make an appointment with Professor Jennifer Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ideas and options for field placements. Assistant Dean Thompson and Director Terranova, in the Career Services Office, also have ideas and contacts for field placements and are happy to help.
Field Placement Program Limits
1) A student may earn a maximum of six hours of Law 894 Field Placement Program credit toward graduation; 2) Law 894 Field Placement hours count towards the 16-credit hour limit on field placement and clinic credit hours that may be applied to graduation.
Field Placement Application Process
The Field Placement application form is available online in the “Apply for the Program” tab above. Please submit a hard copy of this completed form and supporting documentation to Yolanda Huggins, in room 212 inside the library.
Field Placement Program Enrollment
Once your application has been reviewed, if admitted, you will be notified of your admission into the program and sent an enrollment code that will enable you to enroll in Law 894 Field Placement Program.
If you are enrolling for summer, please enroll for the first summer session, rather than the second summer session, regardless of which part of the summer you will be working.
Field Placement Program Application Deadlines
Fall Semester: August 15
Spring Semester: December 1
Summer Semesters: May 1
Field Placement Job Requirements
1) The field placement must be with a government entity or a nonprofit. Credit is never given for work at a for-profit entity.
2) You may not have previously worked in that position for pay.
3) You may not be paid for your field placement work. This excludes some general stipends.
4) You must be directly supervised by a licensed attorney.
5) Your work must be primarily legal work.
Field Placement Hour Requirement
You are required to work 42.5 hours for each hour of credit earned. Written work required by the classwork component may count toward these hours.
Field Placement Coursework Requirements
In addition to working at your field placement, students are required to: 1) Complete online coursework: 2) Meet with Prof. Schmidt at least once during the semester either in person or by phone; and 3) Keep a weekly reflection journal and submit a final reflection paper.
Field Placement Orientation
All field placement students are required to attend Field Placement Orientation in person prior to the beginning of their field placements.
Required Professionalism Seminar
Each student is required to attend the Professionalism Seminar. If you have already attended this seminar prior to your work with another field placement or clinic, then you do not need to attend it again. Questions? Please contact Prof. Jennifer Schmidt with questions at email@example.com.
Field Placement Program Application
Applications for are due to Yolanda Huggins in 212 Green Hall. Students must attend both a mandatory orientation class and a mandatory Professionalism in Practice class in person. Students who do not attend will not be able to receive credit through the Field Placement Program. Students should plan their travel and the start dates of their field placements accordingly:
- Mandatory Field Placement Orientation: Monday, May 13, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 107 Green Hall
- Field Placement Information Session
- Mandatory Professionalism in Practice Class