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.
Fighting the good fight
Miranda Luster, L'19
Miranda Luster served as a legal intern for the Shawnee County Public Defender’s Office and the Capital Appeals and Conflicts Office in Topeka as part of the school’s Field Placement Program.
At the Public Defender’s Office, Luster wrote motions and did jail intakes. She went to the jail to meet with clients and record their basic information, including health history and whether they are able to make bond.
Through this position, she found the most reward in helping others.
“I know public defenders get a bad rap, but this job is really important,” Luster said. “We help people who don’t have the money to hire an attorney get through a complicated legal system and come out with a result that’s best for rehabilitating the client and the community.”
Luster hopes to use the experience and knowledge she gained from her internships to launch her legal career.
“My goal is to join a state public defender’s office in Kansas or Missouri, so I can continue fighting the good fight,” she said.
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 in the Career Services Office also has ideas and contacts for field placements and is 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 19
Spring Semester: December 2
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: August 27, 2019 from 10 - 11 a.m. OR August 29, 2019 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Both orientation sessions will be held in 108 Green Hall. Students do not need to attend both orientation sessions.
- Field Placement Information Session: Date TBA
- Mandatory Professionalism in Practice Class: Date TBA