The D.C. Seminar is one component of the Semester in D.C. Program. The other component is the D.C. Externship, which is described separately. Students must enroll in both the D.C. Externship and the D.C. Seminar in order to participate in the Semester in D.C. Program.
The D.C. Seminar gives students the opportunity to reflect on and learn from their externship experiences, to explore the role of lawyers in the processes of federal law-making, policy-making, lobbying, and dispute resolution, and to learn about Washington career paths by meeting with alumni mentors and other attorneys. The seminar meets in the law school’s D.C. classroom. The three seminar credits will be graded. Grades will be based on class participation, a weekly journal, and a significant paper regarding a legal issue or set of issues relating to the externship.
Students interested in participating in the Semester in D.C. Program should: (a) review the information on the Semester in D.C. Program webpage; (b) contact Prof. Baylis to discuss the program requirements and externship application process; and (c) contact the Registrar’s office for permission to register for this course and the D.C. Externship after obtaining an externship position. Students who are interested in participating but have not yet secured an externship position should register for a regular courseload of classes. Upon accepting an externship, students can drop their other classes and add the D.C. Externship and D.C. Seminar.
Students may participate in the Semester in D.C. Program during the spring semester of their second year or during either semester of their third year.