How to Request Students

Apply to be an approved placement by contacting Prof. Legge about Judicial placements, at plegge@camden.rutgers.edu, or (856) 757-5002, or Prof. Katz about Practice placements, at hnkatz@camden.rutgers.edu or (856) 225-6407. The form "Request to Participate" is located on this webpage under information for placement agencies. You may complete this form first, or begin with a discussion of your interest in the program.

Keep your office information up to date
Once each year all approved placements are asked about participation for the coming year. You will be reminded to review and update information about your office, including contact person, supervisor names, any qualifications or prerequisites for students and so forth. However, updated information is always appreciated and will be promptly posted. For help updating information, please contact Mary Ann Purvenas at purvenas@camden.rutgers.edu

How and when students are placed
For the full school-year program and the Fall and Spring terms, students apply and are matched by the supervising faculty with placements based on their preferences and educational goals and the requirements of the placements. The chambers or agency interviews and approves the student. For example, if you request one student and want to see a resume and writing sample, your referral letter will tell you the recommended student's name, and include the requested documentation. The student will call to arrange an interview, and after the interview you can confirm that you accept the student. Background or security clearances processes may begin at this time, if applicable. Generally, Fall term student referrals will be made in May, and Spring term in November. If your office requires an earlier start to review candidates, please advise and we will do our best to accommodate you.

For the summer program, the process begins as each student expresses interest in the program. Therefore student applications may be presented to your office for approval as early as January. We are also encouraging students to participate in the established summer hiring process. Students may be open to pay or work-study, if eligible, rather than academic credit. You or a student may also contact me about Externship enrollment for a volunteer placement that has already been arranged via your normal summer hiring process.

Qualifications of students
Practice Externship and Judicial Externship students must be in good academic standing and have completed the course in Professional Responsibility, or some cases enrolled in Professional Responsibility contemporaneously with the placement. Any student applying for a position representing clients in court must have completed Evidence. Students in criminal law positions must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in an advanced criminal procedure course. Placements may set additional prerequisites, such as success in specific prior coursework, or a minimum grade point average, although we encourage you to give any interested students a chance. All students are asked to disclose current and past employment or other affiliations and any planned work that will be contemporaneous with the proposed placement, so as to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.

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