• Spring 2015 Externships

    Externship areas include:

     

    Registration Process:

    1. When registration opens, register for the General Content Area you are interested in (Business Law, Health Law, etc.).
    2. The Externship Office will email you (the following day; Monday through Friday) with a preference form and further instruction.  
    3. Complete the preference form by ranking ONLY placements at which you would be happy to be placed.  Gather any required application documents as noted for your desired placement.  If your preferred placement has any special requirements, they will be listed in the descriptions below, as well as on your preference form.  
    4. Email the completed preference form (required), an updated resume (required), and any additional application materials (if required by your ranked placements) to the Externship Office as soon as possible (lawexternships@hamline.edu).  Preference priority is given on a first-come, first-served basis.   

    BUSINESS LAW*

    Classroom component:  Mondays, 6:00 – 8:10 p.m.
    Professor: Thomas DeMatteo
    *NOTE:  Business Law Certificate Students have priority for Business Law Placements

    ABC Companies
    (Faribault, MN) 
    A student extern will get a wide variety of transactional experience within a family owned and operated company working in the office of the general counsel. The student may have exposure to various work including international distribution contracts, federal and state regulatory and licensing issues, customs and importing research, nationwide litigation management, and discovery and subpoena response. 

    Course may be taken for:
     3 credits (114 hours)  
    Courses required in addition to PR: None

    Aimia Proprietary Loyalty U.S. Inc.
    (Minneapolis, MN) 
    Aimia develops and operates loyalty programs for its corporate clients, including Fortune 500 companies, across a broad array of industries:  airlines, automotive, CPG/FMCG, financial services, high tech, pharma/healthcare, retail, telecom and travel hospitality. A student extern would work with attorneys in Aimia's in-house legal department on a variety of transactional matters, including factual investigation, legal research, and reviewing contracts and other legal documents. A student extern would also gain exposure to different practice areas, such as contract law, real estate, human resources and employment law, and corporate regulatory compliance. 

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours); 4 credits (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)    
    Recommended courses: Business Associations; Basic Accounting and Finance 

    Best Buy
     

    Best Buy’s legal department has many teams covering different practice areas (such as SEC/compliance, employment, litigation, IP, transactions, advertising, data privacy, etc). A student extern could expect to have exposure to a variety of areas, and Best Buy is committed to developing a more focused work opportunity if there is a specific area in which a student is interested.

    Course may be taken for:
     3 credits (114 hours)   
    Courses required in addition to PR: None

    Gartner Studios
    (Stillwater, MN) 
    Gartner Studios, Inc., is an established company based in Stillwater, Minnesota, with over 100 employees and offices in Minnesota, Rhode Island, Utah, and Hong Kong.  Gartner Studios creates and distributes more than 18,000 products through more than 15,000 major retail and specialty stores in North America, including print and social stationery, greeting cards, licensed digital design, party goods, and specialty foods. A student extern would gain experience in a diverse range of practice areas, including intellectual property (trademarks), vendor and manufacturing agreements for national and international sales of goods, general corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, employment law, school law, and compliance with federal and state food safety regulations and statutes.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours); 4 credits (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours); Placement site would also consider a student interested in a Semester-in-Practice. 
    Recommended courses: Intellectual Property, International Business Transactions, and Employment Law. 

    Hamline University Office of the General Counsel
    (Saint Paul, MN) 
    A student extern will work with the University's General Counsel to address a variety of legal issues facing a non-profit institution of higher education.  Assignments might include reviewing litigation pleadings, ensuring compliance with regulations impacting on-line education and development activities, reviewing business contracts, and preparing administrative agency responses to claims. 

    Course may be taken for:
     3 credits (114 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Other requirements:  Ability to research laws, think analytically, and write concisely required.

    Infor Inc.
    (formerly Lawson Software, Inc.; Saint Paul, MN)    
    At Infor, a student extern can expect to review, amend and draft contracts related to software licensing and data privacy. The extern will also work with internal and external customers to answer legal questions, questions related to the company and, most often, general contract interpretation questions.  An extern will also have the option to attend business meetings and assist with contract negotiations.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours); 4 credits (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours). 
    Courses required in addition to PR: None

    Larkin Hoffman
    (Minneapolis, MN) 
    Larkin Hoffman's corporate department covers many practice areas (such as Mergers and Acquisitions, General Corporate Law, Corporate Restructuring, Franchise, International Business Transactions, Securities law, and others). A student extern could expect to have exposure to a variety of areas. This externship does not offer litigation experience, but is intended for a student who wishes to focus on areas of business representation.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours); 4 credits (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours). Placement site would prefer a student taking course for 4 or 6 credits. 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  None
    Recommended:  Preferred coursework includes Corporations, Unincorporated Business Entities, Taxation of Business Entities, or Corporate Finance.

    Susan Burns, LLC
    (Minneapolis, MN)
    Student will work on a range of transactional and litigation matters for small business clients. A student extern can expect to review and draft business documents for small business clients, including contracts, corporate documents, and legal memos.

    Course may be taken for:
     3 credits (114 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR: None

    Target Corporation
    (Minneapolis, MN)
    A student extern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of corporate law issues within the Target legal department. Student externs will conduct research and draft legal memos, work with corporate attorneys to analyze client legal needs, and learn how corporate law departments deliver legal services to corporate clients.

    Course may be taken for:
    TBD 
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Other specific requirements: This placement will be given to the recipient of the Target Corp. Diversity in Law Scholarship (apply in Symplicity to job ID 14328). 

     

    Criminal Law 

    Classroom component: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:10 p.m.
    Professor: Robert Goodell

    Chisago County Attorney’s Office
    (Center City, MN)   
    The Chisago County Attorney’s Office prosecutes all crimes committed in the county, ranging from serious felonies to traffic citations and zoning violations.  Chisago County Attorney’s Office employs eight assistant county attorneys—five in the criminal division—who assist in carrying out those duties.  In the civil area—which employs three attorneys—the County Attorney’s Office provides legal advice and services to the other county departments and serves as legal counsel for the County Board.  The County Attorney establishes priorities and policies for staff, and performs many administrative tasks to ensure the duties and responsibilities of the office are properly completed.   Externs in the office will work on legal research and writing projects, drafting legal documents, and attending and participating in court proceedings, including court trials for traffic violations, depending upon the needs of the office and the student’s abilities and skills.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Criminal Procedure I
    Courses recommended: Evidence is recommended as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Other specific requirements: Students must possess excellent research and writing skills.  A writing sample must be sent with the student’s resume.

    Legal Rights Center
    (Minneapolis, MN)  
    The Legal Rights Center (LRC) represents, without charge, low-income people and people of color who have legal problems associated with the juvenile justice, criminal justice, and child welfare systems. By addressing the broader problems, LRC seeks to restore the alleged offender to meaningful community life and reduce the likelihood of re-involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice system or the child welfare system. The geographical focus of LRC's work is Hennepin County. A Legal Rights Center Extern will be responsible for co-managing a criminal caseload with an assigned attorney. The extern will be expected to participate in every facet of the representation of an individual charged with a criminal case in Hennepin County. Externs will interview clients, contact witnesses, research case law, develop case strategies, write memos/briefs, prepare trial folders, and advocate on behalf of clients in and out of court. Site can accommodate more than 1 student.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours) or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Evidence highly recommended.
    Other specific requirements: Clear interest in working with low-income and minority clients. (Students who speak Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Oromo and/or Arabic are strongly encouraged to apply.) Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice. Interview required.

    Minneapolis City Attorney, Criminal Division
    (Minneapolis, MN) 
    The City Attorney’s Office prosecutes petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal cases committed by adults that occur within the City limits and for which someone has been charged.  The City Attorney’s Office is committed to the aggressive prosecution of domestic violence, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, weapons cases, as well as livability offenses which can affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods.  Externs in the City Attorney’s Office work with students from other area law schools and appear in court to argue bail hearings, negotiate resolutions, litigate suppression issues, and litigate trials. Externs also work in the office to research and respond to pre-trial motions and other filings. Site prefers 1 student, but may be able to accommodate up to 2 students.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Evidence, Criminal Procedure I
    Other specific requirements: Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice. Interview required.

    Second Judicial District (Ramsey County) Public Defender
    (Saint Paul, MN) 
    Funded by the Board of Public Defense, Minnesota Public Defenders represent indigent accused people in each of Minnesota's 87 counties, as part of Minnesota’s coordinated response to the constitutional mandate guaranteeing the right to assistance of counsel for indigent persons accused of crime. The state is divided into ten judicial districts, and the Second Judicial District is comprised entirely of Ramsey County.  Externs in the Second District Public Defender’s office get courtroom experience representing clients in bail hearings and initial appearances in misdemeanor and juvenile cases.  They will interview and represent clients and appear in court under supervision of attorneys in the Office of the Public Defender.  Site can accommodate more than 1 student.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Evidence
    Courses recommended: Trial Advocacy
    Other specific requirements: Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice. Ramsey County Public Defender would like to personally interview interested students before placing them.

    St. Croix County (Wisconsin) District Attorney’s Office
    (Hudson, WI) 
    The St. Croix County District Attorney prosecutes crimes committed in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, including traffic and juvenile offenses.  The office employs six attorneys.  Externs in this office will learn Wisconsin criminal law and procedure in a neighboring Wisconsin county.  Externs will get the opportunity to do court appearances and trials, as well as legal research and writing on memoranda and motions.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: none
    Courses recommended: Evidence, Criminal Procedure I, and Trial Advocacy.
    Other specific requirements: Students must be eligible for certification under the Wisconsin student practice rule, which requires completion of three semesters of law school.

    Tenth Judicial District (Anoka County) Public Defender
    (Anoka, MN) 
    Funded by the Board of Public Defense, Minnesota Public Defenders represent indigent accused people in each of Minnesota's 87 counties, as part of Minnesota’s coordinated response to the constitutional mandate guaranteeing the right to assistance of counsel for indigent persons accused of crime. The state is divided into ten judicial districts, and externs in the Tenth Judicial District Public Defender’s office will work in the Tenth District’s main office in Anoka, MN., serving the counties of Anoka and Sherburne. Externs will get courtroom experience representing clients in bail hearings and initial appearances under the supervision of attorneys in the Office of the Public Defender.  Externs will also gain experience interviewing clients and may also work on pretrial motions. Site can accommodate more than 1 student.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Evidence
    Other specific requirements: Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice.

    HEALTH LAW

    Classroom component: Mondays, 1:50 – 4:00 p.m.
    Professor: Thaddeus Pope

    Minnesota Department of Human Services
      

    The Department of Human Services is the state’s largest agency.  DHS administers health care coverage, economic assistance, and a variety of services for children, people with disabilities and older Minnesotans.  The DHS Legal Externship Program provides valuable, challenging and rewarding professional opportunities for law school students.  Our goal is to provide our externs with a better understanding of DHS’ role while providing an opportunity to gain insight into the practice of law in the public sector.  Our externs are assigned to a variety of departments and projects that will provide them with significant legal, professional, and practical experiences across a broad range of legal issues.    The practice of law at DHS reflects the broad nature of DHS’ services, including legislative, litigation, transactional, regulatory and administrative legal services.  Our goal is to offer our externs intellectually stimulating assignments which afford them an opportunities to demonstrate and enhance their writing, analytical and advocacy skills.  Externs may be placed in one of six different areas.  
    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: N/A
    Courses recommended: N/A
    Other specific requirements: Students must submit an application (including resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample) via Symplicity Job Posting:  14412. 

    Potential Placements within Minnesota Department of Human Services:  
      

    – General Counsel's Office 
    (Saint Paul, MN) 
    Externs in the General Counsel’s office will: (a) research and analyze legal issues, (b) prepare legal advice memoranda, (c) assist with drafting and revising policies and procedures, and (d) perform other tasks as assigned.

     – Contracts, Procurement and Legal Compliance
    (Saint Paul, MN)   
    Externs in the Contracts, Procurement and Legal Compliance Division will: (a) provide legal assistance to, and conduct legal research for, contract and procurement staff, agency divisions, and senior management on the enforceability of contract language; (b) review program contracting process for compliance with procedures and policy; (c) review, edit, and assist in negotiating professional/technical and grant contract documents for all agency divisions relating to enforcement, timeliness and compliance with State & Federal law and Department policy; (d) provide legal assistance concerning contract terminations and assignments; (e) provide legal assistance to program staff in obtaining federal trademark and copyright registrations.

    – Privacy Office
    (Saint Paul, MN)  
    Externs in the Privacy Office will: (a) research and analyze state and federal laws on data privacy; (b) draft advice memos to internal staff regarding data privacy; (c) receive and analyze data disclosure incidents; (d) review and update policies and procedures; (e) create training materials for the Privacy Official; (f) assist in the creation and research for data sharing agreements.

     
     Administrative Law (Saint Paul, MN)
    Externs in the Administrative Law Unit will:  (a) review and analyze the record for licensing appeals; (b) prepare legal advice memoranda and present analyses to the Chief Compliance Officer along with other senior management attorneys at the Administrative Law Forums; (c) conduct legal research for and draft final agency decisions, revising as needed; (d) perform other tasks as assigned.

     – Legislative Office
    (Saint Paul, MN)   
    Externs may be placed in one of six different areas.  Externs in the Legislative Office will: (a) assist in department-wide coordination of legislative affairs ; (b) analyze DHS policy proposals and assist with bill development (fall); (c) assist in biennial budget development for DHS to present to the Governor’s office for consideration (fall); (d) monitor hearings and assist with bill and communication management within DHS (spring). 

    – Appeals Division
    (Saint Paul, MN) 
    Externs in the Appeals Division will: (a) provide legal assistance to, and conduct legal research for, the Chief human services judges and human services judges on several aspects of the appeals process including scheduling, prehearing conferences, subpoenas and memoranda; (b) observe hearings and assist human services judges in legal research and drafting decisions; (c) assist Chief human services judges in review, legal research and determination of decisions on reconsideration, provide oral and written support for analysis to chief human services judges (d) redact decisions for publication; (e) additional assignments may include analyzing and drafting decisions settling county financial disputes over payment responsibilities for public assistance clients.

    – Compliance Office
    (Saint Paul, MN) 
    Externs in the Compliance Office will: (a) assist the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief General Counsel, and Senior Counsel in providing guidance to management and employees concerning compliance issues; (b) consult with management and employees as needed to resolve difficult legal compliance issues; (c) assist in evaluating and revising agency policies, as needed, to ensure compliance; (d) conduct legal research and draft memoranda responding to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; (e) assist in identifying potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; (f) assist in developing agency’s Direct Care and Treatment Compliance Plan; (g) assist in coordinating compliance activities of divisions within the agency to remain abreast of the status of all compliance activities and to identify trends; (h) assist in developing/implementing corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provide general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.


    HealthPartners
    (Bloomington, MN) 
    HealthPartners is an integrated health care organization providing healthcare services and health plan financing and administration.  It runs seven area hospitals, dozens of primary care clinics, and 15 urgent care centers, serving more than 1.5 million medical and dental health plan members.  Externs in this office are exposed to a very wide variety of legal practice areas, from Medicare contracting, to medical privacy, to attorney-client privilege.   

    Course may be taken for:
     3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: At least one health law course
    Courses recommended: N/A
    Other specific requirements: Students must possess excellent research and writing skills.  A writing sample must be sent with the student’s resume.  

    Scheller Legal Solutions LLC
    (Champlin, MN)  
    S​uzy Scheller ​has represented vulnerable adults and their family members against nursing homes, caregivers, assisted living, PCA agencies, and similar entities in personal injury and wrongful death claims, as well as​ financial exploitation claims, representing the vulnerable adult to try to recover funds.  As an extension this  work in elder litigation, Scheller Legal Solutions LLC offers services to file, negotiate, and satisfy Medicare subrogation interests (liens) on behalf of the Medicare beneficiary.  Scheller Legal Solutions LLC also offers Estate Planning services, including drafting wills, testamentary trusts, revocable trusts, and conducting probate matters.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: N/A
    Courses recommended:  Elder Law
    Other specific requirements: Students must possess excellent research and writing skills.  A writing sample must be sent with the student’s resume.


    U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota – Healthcare Fraud Unit
    (Minneapolis, MN)
    For every dollar spent on healthcare-related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $7.90.  The government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered a record over $4 billion in taxpayer dollars last year.  The healthcare fraud unit in the Minnesota office of the Department of Justice combats healthcare fraud by pursuing investigations and civil enforcement actions in federal court.  Matters include unlawful pricing by pharmaceutical manufacturers, illegal marketing of medical devices and pharmaceutical products for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Medicare fraud by hospitals and other institutional providers, and violations of laws against self-referrals and kickbacks.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Organization & Finance; Summer Compliance Institute; or course covering the False Claims Act, Anti-kickback statute, and the Stark Law
    Courses recommended: N/A
    Other specific requirements: Students must possess excellent research and writing skills.  A writing sample must be sent with the student’s resume.  An extensive FBI background check is required. Students interested in this placement should apply ASAP to Symplicity Job ID:  14427; (the background check needs to start at the end of October).   



    JUDICIAL

    Classroom Component Meets:  Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Name of Classroom Instructor:  Judges Tammi Fredrickson and Diane Alshouse 

    Placements for the judicial externship are selected by Judge Tammi Fredrickson, Judge Diane Alshouse, and the Externship Office based on the extern’s preference form, availability, and grades (for certain courts).  Once you register, you will receive a preference form to complete and return the externship office with an updated resume.  Please note some courts require additional application materials such as a transcript or writing sample. 

     

    LEGISLATION & LOBBYING

    Classroom Component Meets:  Mondays, 6:00 – 8:10 p.m.
    Name of Classroom Instructor:  Remi Stone 

    NOTE
    :  Students interested in this externship are strongly encouraged to have blocks of time available early and mid-week during the semester; the externship will not be meaningful if students only have Fridays open as legislators often travel back to their districts late Thursdays for the weekend and there is limited business on Fridays. 

    Available placement sites:

    American Heart Association
    (St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN)
    At the American Heart Association, students will have the opportunity to learn about the Minnesota legislative process through hands-on work with specific policies that the American Heart Association proposes during the 2014 legislative session; work with experienced nonprofit lobbyists and help make the case for specific legislation; conduct policy and legislator research; and work strategically through the process. Students will also gain experience working with stakeholders and coalitions, and working to neutralize opposition to AHA positions. Time will be spent in the AHA office and at the State Capitol. This placement can take up to two (2) externs.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours) 
    Courses Required in Addition to PR: None
    Recommended:  Government and legislation coursework helpful
    Other: AHA is willing to take 2 externs because AHA policy work is divided into two areas: Prevention (tobacco, obesity, nutrition, etc.); and Health Systems (healthcare access, reform, acute care, rural health, disparities, etc.).


    Flaherty and Hood, P.A.
    (St. Paul, MN)
    Flaherty and Hood is a small firm with 8 attorneys focused on government relations and municipal law.  A student extern will have significant interaction with legislators, legislative staff and the legislative process in reviewing proposed legislation, drafting memos for attorneys and clients and monitoring legislative activity. 

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours) 
    Courses Required in Addition to PR: None
    Recommended:  Legislation
    Other:  Comfort with a fast paced and, at times, chaotic environment helpful.


    Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.
    (Minneapolis, MN)
    Larkin Hoffman is a mid-sized full-service business law firm with a strong, diverse government relations practice.  Student externs will perform various legal duties in support of this practice, including factual investigation and legal research and writing of issues affecting our clients.  When possible, externs will participate in meetings with clients on legislative projects, attend legislative hearings, and organize information to support and advocate for specific legislative issues. 

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours) 
    Courses Required in Addition to PR:  Administrative Law
    Other: Demonstrated interested in government and political work  


    Messerli & Kramer
    (St. Paul, MN)
    Messerli and Kramer is a mid-sized full-service business law firm with a strong, diverse government relations practice.  This placement will be with the Government Relations practice located in the firm’s St. Paul office.   Student externs will perform various legal duties in support of this practice, including factual investigation and legal research and writing of issues affecting our clients.  When possible, externs will participate in meetings with clients on legislative projects, attend legislative hearings, and organize information to support and advocate for specific legislative issues. 

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours) 
    Courses Preferred in Addition to PR:  Administrative Law
    Other: Demonstrated interested in government and political work 


    Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
    (St. Paul, MN) 
    An extern, serving as a legislative coordinator for the session, will report directly to the Legislation Director, and will have regular interaction with the Commissioner’s direct reports.  The extern will review committee schedules to highlight bills with agency impact; review bill introductions and maintain the bill tracking report; compile background on bill subject areas as needed by the Director or Commissioner’s direct reports; schedule appointments with legislators and lobbyists and coordinate meetings with affected parties to discuss legislation; attend meetings/hearings and provide written summaries when applicable.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours) 
    Courses Required in Addition to PR: None
    Other Requirements: Average weekly commitment is 10 hours

    Work in the Minnesota Legislature or in the Governor’s Office (Student Self-Initiated Only)
    In the past, students have found opportunities with the Minnesota Legislature or in the Governor’s Office.  We are open to such student-initiated placements, subject to Externship Office approval.  Students interested in this option are encouraged to contact the Externship Office ASAP at lawexternships@hamline.edu.


     

    PRIVATE ATTORNEY

    Classroom Component Meets:  Seven (7) Tuesdays TBD  4:10-6:20 P.M.
    Name of Classroom Instructor:  Robert Kellermeier 

    Booth Law Group
    (Minnetonka, MN)
    Booth Law Group  is a women-owned, four person law office specializing in education and employment law. The firm represents public schools in virtually every aspect of their work, including special education proceedings, data practices questions, student discipline matters, and a wide range of employment issues from discrimination to whistleblower claims. The general employment practice includes preparation of employment contracts, including non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants; collective bargaining and administration of collective bargaining agreements; drafting employee handbooks; and issues arising under the wage and hour law. The practice is focused on preventive law whenever possible, and lawyers work closely with clients to contain the cost of legal services. The practice involves litigation in state and federal court.  Externs will be involved in legal research, drafting of pleadings, preparation of training and educational materials. Externs will be invited to shadow depositions, court proceedings and appellate arguments; and will generally have some involvement in client meetings and communications.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), 6 credits (225 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  N/A
    Courses recommended:  Administrative Law, Trial Practice
    Other specific requirements:  Student must have an interest in education law, school law or employment law.  Students must submit a transcript along with their resume and preference form.  Only students with solid grades in research and writing will be considered.

    JAG Corps
    (Rosemont, MN)   
    Interns for the Minnesota National Guard Office of the Staff Judge Advocate work under JAG attorney supervision in virtually every practice area of the JAG Corps. Externs may be asked to draft briefs or opinions, interview witnesses, or assist in the preparation of administrative hearings. Externs also assist JAG Corps Attorneys who counsel and represent soldiers, their family members and retirees in personal legal matters in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord/tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law, and military administrative law.


    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  Constitutional Law, Property
    Courses recommended:  N/A
    Other specific requirements:  Military interest must be evidenced.  Clearance procedure needs to begin in early November.  Former military personnel preferred (to facilitate necessary clearance).   Externship approval is pending resume review and an initial interview.  Up to two externs may be placed here. 

    Goetz & Eckland, P.A.
    (Minneapolis, MN)
    Goetz & Eckland is a full-service litigation firm, with lawyers who specialize in civil and criminal cases, from both the plaintiff side and the defense side.  It was founded in 2002 by Fred Goetz and Deborah Eckland, bringing a standard criminal defense, personal injury and civil rights practice together with civil defense work—two sides that are not often seen in the same firm.  In addition to doing criminal defense work, Goetz & Eckland attorneys litigate personal injury, insurance defense, construction, civil rights, business litigation, and produce liability cases.  Its eight attorneys work in an office in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, providing students with exposure to a dynamic and varied litigation practice firm.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  N/A
    Courses recommended:  N/A
    Other specific requirements:  N/A
    Other: This placement may also be listed in the Criminal Law area.

    Law Office of Sivertson and Barrette, PA.
    (Saint Paul, MN) 
    This family firm, all HUSL graduates, handles a range of employment law issues on behalf of employees, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and employer retaliation;  as well as personal injury litigation, professional licensure defense, will probate, estate planning and litigation, and lobbying. An extern student is most likely to be involved in employment law and civil litigation, gaining experience in client interviewing and counseling, case-related investigation, dispute resolution activity, document drafting, and litigation preparation and observation.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), 6 credits (225 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  N/A
    Courses recommended:  Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Administrative Law.  Strong research and writing skills preferred.
    Other specific requirements:  N/A                

    Minndivorce, Robin Dietz-Mayfield, Attorney-at-Law
    (Saint Paul, MN)        
    This solo practitioner focuses on marriage dissolution cases, temporary and permanent support arrangements, maintenance adjustments, domestic abuse matters, anti-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, child custody contests, adoptions and foster placements, grandparent/relatives rights, child abuse or abduction situations, and related family-based issues.  Externs will receive intensive supervision and direction in family law and family court procedures as well as writing skills critique and observation opportunities.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), 6 credits (225 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  N/A
    Courses recommended:  Family Law coursework or experience is preferred.
    Other specific requirements:  N/A

    Contreras Edin & Associates, PLLC
    (Saint Paul, MN) 
    Located a block away from the State’s Capitol, this office staffs three lawyers, four paralegals, three support staff, and two interns. All staff are bilingual. Practice focus is on immigration, criminal and family law. Client base of Contreras Edin & Associates is mostly low to moderate income Spanish speaking families. Externs will perform client interviews, attend immigration and criminal hearings, sit through client interviews, and attend USCIS interviews.  


    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  N/A
    Courses recommended:  Ethics
    Other specific requirements:  Externs should have a strong interest in immigrant issues, and professional responsibility.

    Barna, Guzy & Steffen
    (Coon Rapids, MN) 
    Barna, Guzy & Steffen is a mid-size long established and well respected Twin Cities law firm.  The firm’s practice encompasses all areas of business and individual law.  The externship at this firm is in the department that practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and tax.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  N/A
    Courses recommended:  Estate Planning and Tax.
    Other specific requirements:  Interest in estate planning, probate and tax. 

    Moss & Barnett
    (Minneapolis, MN) 
    Moss & Barnett was established at the start of the 20th century and has helped shape the practice of law in Minnesota and has grown a national practice.  The firm practices in business law, employment law, family law, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, technology law, estate planning and many other complementary areas of the law.  The Extern will be working in the Family Law Department of the firm.  The Externship will have experiences in all areas of family law including observation of hearings and meetings, legal research, and the preparation of family law related documents, pleadings and discovery.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), 6 credits (225 hours); NOTE: this firm prefers externs who take 6 credits (225 hours) to allow the student to have a broad range of experiences. 
    Courses required in addition to PR:  N/A
    Courses recommended:  N/A
    Other specific requirements:  Interest in family law. 

    SELF-INITIATED PLACEMENTS

    Classroom Component Meets:  Dependent upon placement
    Name of Classroom Instructor:  Dependent upon placement

    If you have a placement in mind and want to create your own externship, please contact the Externship Office as soon as possible to start the approval process.  All placements must go through a vetting and approval process including reading the
    Attorney Mentor Guide, completing an Attorney Mentor Questionnaire, and discussing the program in detail via phone (or in-person) with the Externship Director.  Only pre-approved placements will be allowed to register.  Contact the Externship Office with questions/guidance, lawexternships@hamline.edu or 651-523-2470.