What is a Practicum?

A practicum course offers students an opportunity to earn 2 or 3 credits in connection with an unpaid experiential opportunity. In a practicum course, students will:

  • Engage in a project for a real client under the supervision of an on-site practicing attorney or supervisor and a full-time faculty member.
  • Organize, sequence and reflect on their learning through biweekly meetings with a full-time faculty member.
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of experiential work each week (not including travel time) for a 3 credit Practicum OR 6.5 hours of experiential work each week (not including travel time) for a 2 credit Practicum each week for 14 weeks.
  • Submit weekly emails to the full-time faculty member that include hours completed, a description of all work, and a self-evaluation of any work completed.
  • Students enrolled in a judicial clerkship practicum are required to attend three classes taught by Profs. Levy and Morrow. Location and dates of these classes for the Spring 2019 semester will be announced shortly.

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To register for a Practicum:

Before registering, students must obtain approval from Dean Ramji-Nogales if:

  1. you are interested in engaging in an independent placement (i.e. not a School-Designed Practicum) or
  2. you have previously worked (either volunteer, for credit or paid) in a prior summer or academic semester at the practicum placement or
  3. the placement is at a for-profit entity.

In order to register for an independent, for-profit or repeat practicum placement, students must complete this form and email it to Dean Ramji-Nogales (jayarn@temple.edu) before 12 PM on Thursday, December 20, 2018

Download Independent/For-Profit/Repeat Practicum Approval Form (PDF)

All students who wish to register for a practicum must submit the completed Practicum Agreement before 12 PM on Friday, January 4, 2019 to Ms. Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all signatures and approvals are obtained before the registration deadline.

Download Practicum Agreement (PDF)

Practicum Student Field Supervisor Handbook & Student Evaluation Form

DOWNLOAD PRACTICUM FIELD SUPERVISOR HANDBOOK (PDF)

DOWNLOAD PRACTICUM STUDENT EVALUATION FORM (PDF)