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Law school to offer new summer Carolina Externship in 2013

The Wake Forest University School of Law will offer a new clinical externship program for law students beginning this summer in Charlotte.

Taught by Community Law and Business Clinic Director Steve Virgil, the Carolina Externship will focus on students who are interested in practicing in a corporate or business practice following law school.

“Led by Dean Blake D. Morant, the faculty and administration of the Wake Forest law school are dedicating new energy and thinking to how best to integrate externships and clinical programs into our curriculum,” Virgil explains.

“Changes in our profession demand increased experiential courses and clinical programs during law school, making this the perfect time for our school’s effort.”

The program, which will be available for the first time during 2013 Summer Session I that begins May 28, is offered as a four credit-hour graded course that involves both a class and externship placement.

For the externship, students will be placed full time with firms or in-house counsel offices in Charlotte. Classes will be held at the WFU Charlotte Center. In special circumstances, placements in other cities may be available, with course work handled by distance education.

The Carolina Externship offers several benefits, according to Virgil.

“Students can enhance their professional network, develop practical skills, and receive course credit that will provide flexibility for their third year,” he added.

Ideal placements, according to Virgil, will be in-house or general counsel offices where students may expect to work on issues affecting the corporation. Students may be expected to conduct research, draft memos, review documents or prepare materials for the office, among other duties.

Charlotte-based corporations or law firms interested in hosting a summer extern as part of the program should contact Virgil at virgilsm@wfu.edu.