Supervised Externship Placement (SEP)

What is SEP?

The Supervised Externship Placement (SEP) allows students to earn academic credit for experiential learning done in conjunction with a field placement with an entity for which there is no relevant existing externship or existing program with the Law School. Students may identify placements on their own or in conjunction with a full-time faculty member. Enrollment in a SEP is by permission only. SEP is available for 1 to 3 non-graded (S/F) credits and is subject to the restriction on the number of non-classroom credits which may be counted to satisfy the credit requirement for graduation. Students will spend 60 hours at the placement for each credit hour earned. The placement must be approved by the SEP Administrator and accepted by a full-time faculty member who commits to supervise the placement in the same manner that externships are supervised. The faculty supervisor assumes all necessary coordination, supervision and pedagogical responsibilities in monitoring the student’s progress for the duration of the SEP. 
A SEP may only be done for one semester at each placement. Before the same student or any other student may earn credit at the same placement, a formal externship must be proposed and approved by the faculty. The proposal and approval process for a new externship is not automatic and may take up to a semester before being implemented into the curriculum.

What types of placements might work for a SEP?

SEP placements should be at entities (i.e. non-profits, law firms, corporations, etc.) where there is no relevant existing externship program or existing program with the Law School. Review existing externships.

What are the requirements for a SEP?

To obtain permission to enroll in a SEP, a student must do the following:

  1. Identify a placement (or work with a full time faculty member on identifying a placement) where the student wants to earn academic credit for experiential learning and identify a full time faculty member (who commits to supervise the placement in the same manner that externships are supervised). 
  2. Contact, or work with the supervising full time faculty member on contacting, the field placement.  Please note that the field placement entity must commit to having a licensed attorney act as a direct field supervisor for the placed student, and must recognize the pedagogical emphasis of the placement. The field placement entity must also complete a Standard Placement Agreement.
  3. Together with the supervising faculty member, complete all information needed on the SEP Placement Proposal Form.
  4. Complete and attach a copy of a SEP proposal to the SEP Proposal Form.
  5. By the deadline, submit the SEP Proposal Form with a copy of both the SEP Proposal and the signed Standard Placement Agreement to the SEP Administrator.
  6. Wait for approval by the SEP Administrator and enroll in the course once permission is given.
  7. Complete all SEP requirements, including time logs, meetings with faculty supervisors, reflections or additional requirements as expected by either the SEP Placement or faculty supervisor.
  8. Following completion of the SEP (typically at the end of a semester), both the student and the faculty supervisor need to sign off on the work done where designated on the SEP Evaluation Form. The SEP Administrator will then advise the Registrar of the completion and award credit as indicated by the faculty supervisor.

SEP Proposals must be complete and submitted to the SEP Administrator no later than three (3) days before the deadline to add/drop classes for the semester for which credit is being sought.  Any proposals turned in after the deadline will not be considered.

Questions about SEP?  

Should a student or faculty supervisor have any questions about SEP, please contact the SEP Administrator, Professor Carrie Hagan, by email at chagangr@iupui.edu.