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Externships will be offered to 20 students who have participated in the four-week course component. These two-week externships allow students to observe the practice of law in Mexico under the direct supervision of a Mexican judge, attorney or notary. Externs receive two semester credits. Interested students must enroll in the externship program and pay all fees by May 18, 2013.
The externship program begins on July 1 with an orientation and ends July 13 at noon. The program begins at 8:00 a.m. with a 50-minute lecture by Professor Bill MacPherson. The lectures will take place either at the law school or in the offices of various state and governmental officials. Externs will also spend approximately five hours each day working at their externships and maintain a daily journal of their experience. Placements will include the Guanajuato Supreme Court, the Mexican Federal Appellate Court, the civil, criminal, and administrative courts of Guanajuato; conciliation courts of Guanajuato and law offices in Guanajuato. Preference for positions at the State Supreme Court and the Federal Courts will be given to students entering their final year of law school.
The grade (Credit for C or better or C-/D+/D/D-/F) for the externship will be based on the journal, an evaluation by a placement supervisor and a memorandum of approximately eight pages explaining some aspect of the law or procedure learned during the externship.
Externs will be supervised through weekly meetings with the Program Director. Attendance at each morning lecture is required to obtain credit.
Students participating in the externship program must be reasonably fluent in Spanish. Applicants must submit an application form as well as a statement of interest, which describes their level of Spanish fluency. Each student will be interviewed in person or by telephone prior to acceptance.
Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 20 students, depending on availability. Applications must be accompanied by the $50 non-refundable application fee required by those attending the four- week program and the $1,000 externship program fee. The program will attempt to place successful applicants in an externship that is appropriate to his/her interest. Students who withdraw from the externship program after May 18, 2013, will not receive a refund.