Summer School and Internships
The School of Law does not offer a summer session. However, students may take courses offered in the summer sessions at other accredited law schools to earn up to six credit hours toward their degrees. In order to receive credit for courses taken in the summer sessions at other law schools, a student must obtain advance approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Law and submit to the Law Records Office, no later than the end of the grading period for the following semester, a transcript evidencing satisfactory completion of the summer work. Satisfactory completion of a summer school course means fulfillment of the course requirements established by the law school where the course is taken, with a grade equivalent to C or higher.
The following requirements and procedures apply:
●The summer school program must be ABA-accredited. No more than six credits earned through such a program may be applied toward your W&L degree. For a list of ABA accredited study abroad programs, go to http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/aba_approved_law_schools.html.
●Both your participation in the program and the specific courses you intend to take must be approved in writing by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in advance. Failure to obtain advance permission may result in denial of credit.
●The summer program must be one that gives grades. You will receive W&L credit for each course you successfully complete with a grade equivalent at least to our "C".
●In order to receive credit, you must furnish Ms. Linda Johnson with a transcript from the summer program no later than the end of the grading period for the semester following the summer school program. (January 1, 2016)
●We will record successfully completed summer school courses on your transcript, but "credit" will be indicated in place of a grade; your W&L grade point average will not reflect grades earned in summer school programs.
●Some summer school programs will require a "letter of good standing" from us as part of your application. Ms. Johnson in Law Records can supply such a letter.
Non-Graded Academic Credit for Internships, Summer 2016
Non-graded credit is available to students who work in a full-time unpaid internship with a for-profit entity (such as a law firm or corporate counsel’s office), a not-for-profit entity, governmental organization, NGO, trade organization, court or other legal practice setting. International students who are paid for their work as an intern must enroll in a companion Independent Study course in order to receive the academic credit necessary for the internship to qualify for Curricular Practical Training.
US Citizens: An internship with a term of at least four weeks is eligible for one-half credit; an internship with a term of eight weeks or longer is eligible for a full credit. Internships for which a student is compensated, or for which a student receives financial support through OCS, PILSA, SBA, the Transnational Law Institute, or any other third party source of financial support for unpaid positions, are not eligible for academic credit.
REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES:
- The internship must be full-time, unpaid and at least 4 weeks in duration. Over the course of your academic career, no more than two ungraded credits may be earned for unpaid summer work.
- The student intern must be supervised by an attorney and may not receive financial support for the internship through W&L Law or any other source.
- After the internship concludes and no later than noon on Friday, September 2, 2016, the student intern must submit a completed Certification, via email, in the form attached.
- No later than noon on Friday, September 30, 2016, the student intern must submit a satisfactory memorandum, via email, summarizing the work performed and reflecting on the experience. Guidelines for the memorandum and instructions for submission are attached.
F-1 Visa Students: If you are engaged in non-required Curricular Practical Training through a summer position, you must obtain academic credit in one of the following ways:
For An Unpaid Summer Internship. If you are engaged in an unpaid summer internship, you must obtain credit for your experience under the policy for US Citizens outlined above.
For Paid Summer Employment. If you are engaged in a paid summer position, you must undertake a summer independent research and writing project (Law 310: Independent Research Projects or Tutorials, below) under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty. The project may not duplicate research or writing conducted in the course of your summer employment, but it shall generally relate to the subject matter of your summer employment. You must submit a detailed proposal for the project, approved by the supervising faculty member, by email to Andrea Hilton in the Office of Career Strategy (firstname.lastname@example.org) as early in the semester as possible but no later than noon on Friday, April 1. Ms. Hilton will submit your proposal for approval by the Independent Research Committee. Committee approval for your project must be received before the end of classes in spring semester, before your summer employment begins. Your project must be completed by Friday, September 30.
LAW 310 - Independent Research Projects or Tutorials. Students may conduct independent research or pursue specialized studies in areas of the law which are of particular interest to them in the form of independent research projects or tutorials. Faculty members may conduct tutorials for small groups of students on issues not otherwise taught in the curriculum. One to two hours of ungraded credit will be granted per independent research project or tutorial, depending on size and scope. No more than two independent research projects or tutorials will be given credit toward graduation. A student wishing to pursue an independent research project must submit a detailed proposal for the project, including a description of the current literature on the topic, and have the proposal approved by a supervising faculty member and the faculty Independent Research Committee before the end of the add/drop period. Students are, therefore, strongly advised to contact a supervising faculty member prior to the beginning of a term for guidance in formulating a proposal. One or two hours. Faculty
You have two options for this independent research and writing project:
Option One: The project must include a second draft in response to criticism from the supervising faculty member, and yield a substantial piece of legal writing ten to fifteen pages in length. This project may not be used to fulfill the second-year writing requirement. One credit, ungraded.
Option Two: The project must require thorough legal research, include a second draft in response to criticism from the supervising faculty member, and yield a substantial piece of legal writing twenty-five pages in length. This project may be used to fulfill the second-year writing requirement. Two credits, ungraded.
Statement regarding Academic Credit: Some summer employers request an advance assurance that an internship is eligible for academic credit. You may find the paragraph on the following link helpful. If a formal letter regarding credit eligibility is required, please contact Ms. Hilton (see below).
Questions? Contact Ms. Hilton in the Office of Career Strategy, or email HiltonA@wlu.edu.
Certification and Guidelines 2016