Grades and Seminars

How are Externships graded?

  • For Part Time Externships: one credit of the total Externship credits is graded with a letter grade, which is based on participation in the Externship Seminar, factoring in the site supervisor’s evaluation of the student’s work product, work ethic, and general professionalism. The remaining credits are graded Pass/Fail and based on successful completion of work for the Externship Sponsor.
  • For Full Time Externships: Three of the total Externship credits are graded with a letter grade, which is based on participation in the Externship Seminar, factoring in the site supervisor’s evaluation of the student’s work product, work ethic, and general professionalism. The remaining credits are graded Pass/Fail and based on successful completion of work for the Externship Sponsor. In the Summer, two of the eight credits are graded with a letter grade, and the remaining six credits are graded Pass/Fail and based on successful completion of work for the Externship Sponsor.

What are the Externship Seminars and when are they scheduled?

There are three different Externship Seminars: Criminal Law, Civil Law, and Judicial. During your Externship semester, you must attend the seminar that matches up with the area in which you are working. Seminars meet during the week in the late afternoon or early evening and meet about ten out of the 14 weeks in Fall and Spring semesters and weekly during the Summer semester. If you have a class conflict with the seminar, you must deal with it as you would another class conflict.

Does the time in the seminar count towards my required on-site Externship hours per week?

Yes, on those weeks that you attend your externship seminar, you may count one hour of time spent in class towards your hours worked onsite. For example, if you are working 16 hours per week onsite, during the weeks that you attend your seminar, you may work 15 hours onsite.

Bonnie Glenn, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, King County Prosecutor's Office Criminal Division, extern Apollo Fuhriman '09 and Daniel T. Satterberg, Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor's Office