Law 692:  Corporate Counsel - Field Placement (Chicago)

This field placement is to be taken in the Spring 2019 term, immediately following with the Law 798: Corporate Counsel Seminar which is being offered during the Spring 2019 intersession. The field placement complements the classroom seminar component by providing students with the opportunity to work in a general counsel’s office.  Students will be assigned to a supervising attorney and will complete 120 (2 credits), 180 (3 credits), or 240 (4 credits) hours of field work over the spring semester.  There are two components to the Corporate Counsel-Field Placement course—(1) Legal work at the placement; and (2) academic work and participation in the Classroom component. 


As part of their placement students may be asked to conduct legal research, write memoranda, review and/or draft contracts, sit in on meetings or negotiations.  Hands on experience and the opportunity to observe a general counsel’s office in action affords students with a unique educational opportunity that provides a context for the legal concepts taught in the classroom. Students are unable to receive compensation from their site sponsors, in any amount during their time at the placement (Spring 2019 semester).

Students may also provide their own placement subject to professor approval and the following criteria:

  • The placement should be in the general counsel’s office for a corporation or LLC.
  • A supervising attorney must agree to oversee the student’s externship and provide an enriching educational experience for the student.  The attorney will be required to fill out a form before and after the field placement is complete.
  • The corporation or LLC must commit to affording the student with 60, 120, 180, or 240 hour opportunity.
  • The position must be unpaid and the student cannot work for that corporation in a paid capacity during the summer.
  • The student should not be related to anyone in the general counsel’s office.

Completion of Required Hours – Students must complete the hours required for the number of credits they have selected in order to receive credit for the course. They are as follows:

2 Credits = 120 hours

3 Credits = 180 hours

4 Credits = 240 hours              


Students must also complete the following in order to receive academic credit for an externship experience:

  • Time Reports– Time reports are due in accordance with the dates in the syllabus and must be signed by the student and the sponsor.  Time reports require a detailed description of the student’s work, each day’s total hours worked, and feedback from the supervisor.  Students must submit time reports that follow the specific directions provided in the course materials.
  • Self-Assessment/Reflection Papers– Students must submit periodic self-assessment and/or reflection papers, which are intended to facilitate reflection and evaluation of the experience in the field placement. Students are provided an opportunity to learn more about themselves, evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and reflect on their experience in relation to specific issues that arise in practice.
  • Class Discussions– Students are required to post reflections online to the class.  Each student is required to post an original reflection and respond to two other postings. This is an opportunity to connect with fellow classmates and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • Final Paper– The course concludes with a final paper consisting of an in-depth self-assessment, as well as a “Letter to Successor.” The “Letter to Successor” is a detailed evaluation of the student’s experience aimed to assist future students who are interested in a similar placement.   

Sequencing & Prerequisites:   Current enrollment in the Corporate Counsel Seminar is a prerequisite for this course. In addition, students must have successfully completed the first year curriculum. 

Evaluation: In addition to meeting the hourly work requirements, the student must timely submit all required periodic time reports, a mid-term self-evaluation, participation in periodic discussion sessions with faculty, as well as a final evaluation of his or her experience. Students will be evaluated on the mid-term, self-evaluation, participation in discussion sessions, and the final evaluation of his or her experience.

Course Classification: Field Placement

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