Along with being a student clinic intern, 2L Margo Shipley is also an extern at Domestic Violence Intervention Services. In this Q&A, she shares her experience and what she has learned.
How did you benefit from your externship, including the practical legal setting, course component and/or program overall?
Through my externship at DVIS, I gained knowledge and experience in the field of family law, particularly with regard to working with domestic violence victims. At DVIS, I was assigned my own client, and I spent the semester working with her on her divorce. This experience taught me a lot about the process of representing a client in his or her divorce, and also about the unique aspects of domestic violence cases. The course component of the externship, taught by local family law attorney Maren Lively, was a great companion to my externship at DVIS. Professor Lively supplemented the externship experience by sharing her own personal experiences with the class and educating us about various matters that come up in family law practice, such as the filing of protective orders, jurisdictional issues, and ethical concerns.
How did the experience help prepare you for the professional world?
This experience allowed me to work with clients directly. Additionally, I learned a lot about family law procedures and how to prepare various court documents.
What advice or further information would you give a student who is considering an externship?
Doing an externship is a great way to make connections within the legal community, gain knowledge about the practice of law, and focus on a particular field of law.