I was browsing around the UConn site, and found this. Thought it would be of interest to several of you.
Semester in Washington D.C.
The University of Connecticut Law School Semester in D.C Program places selected students in key federal agencies, legislative offices or non-profit groups for one semester of service as unpaid legal interns. The goal is to expand our students’ career horizons and give them a better understanding of how law and policy is made and enforced, while providing host institutions with energetic, capable and reliable assistants along the way.
Students meeting program requirements will earn the full complement of 12 academic credits for the term:
• 7 credits for the agency internship (30 hours a week);
• 3 credits for Advanced Topics in Agency Regulation, a graded evening seminar in which students gain the basic knowledge and tools they need to succeed, and share insights and experiences they have gained on the job; and
• 2 credits for Agencies in Action, a non-graded evening seminar in which students meet on-site with senior staff at a range of federal agencies and major non-profit groups to learn about the legal and policy challenges they face, the strategies they have developed for meeting such challenges, their life and work, and career opportunities in government and/or the public interest sector.
Enrollment is open to both 2Ls and 3Ls. There are no academic prerequisites, though completion of Administrative Law and/or a law school course relevant to the subject matter of the host agency is helpful.
Externship Clinics combine classroom instruction with field work.
How to register
Students register for externship clinics via the PeopleSoft system, in the same manner as registering for a conventional course. Because there is limited space, you may want to use a preference to insure your spot. Externship clinics may be graded completely pass/fail or may have a graded and an ungraded component.
* LGT Civil Rights - Jamie Mills
* Judicial Clerkship - Lewis Kurlantzick
* Legislative Clerkship - Cornelius O'Leary
* Administrative Clerkship - Elliot Prescott
* Environmental Law - Roger Reynolds
* State's Attorney's Clinic - Michael Gailor and James Turcotte
In-House Legal Clinics
Connecticut's Clinical Programs give students the opportunity to work in client-based, in-house law firms where they gain real-life experience in state and federal court rooms.
Because Connecticut has one of the most liberal student practice rules in the country, student attorneys are permitted to represent clients in an unlimited array of civil and criminal cases in all courts and administrative agencies in the jurisdiction.
Full-year Criminal (both trial and appellate), Civil Appellate, and Tax Clinics and one-semester Mediation and Asylum and Human Rights Clinics give students hands-on experience across a broad spectrum of real-life legal challenges. All clinical education is based upon an intensive course of study, simulation, and preparation offered by full-time professors who are also practice specialists.
* The Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic provides students with the unique opportunity to counsel Connecticut's innovators on an extensive range of intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret) and related business law issues.
* Students in the Criminal Clinic assume primary litigation responsibility for virtually every type of serious felony case on the trial level. They have argued dozens of cases to the Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Courts.
* In the Tax Clinic, students provide legal services to low-income tax payers. Clinic students represent clients in a wide range of administrative and tax court proceedings.
* In the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, students represent refugees who have fled persecution abroad and are seeking political asylum in the U.S. Students handle all aspects of hearings before the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Courts.
* The Mediation Clinic trains students to serve as mediators in community and court-annexed disputes, under the supervision of clinic faculty and experienced professional mediators.