Washburn Law students who are admitted fall 2019 or later will have the opportunity to complete their final year of law school through the innovative Third Year Anywhere enrollment option. Students who participate in this option will increase their practice-readiness by completing an externship in the geographic area where they plan to practice after graduation.
The new “Third Year Anywhere” option makes Washburn one of the first law schools in the nation that allows law students to finish their education while already beginning to build relationships in the location where they intend to practice.
“In fact, we’re not aware of any other law school offering this option right now,” said Carla Pratt, dean of Washburn Law.
Students will earn academic credit while gaining real-world experience practicing law under the supervision of a licensed lawyer 20 hours per week in one of six sectors: corporate, government, higher education, judicial, law firm, or public interest. Opportunities also exist for students to participate in an externship in underserved rural locations.
Third year coursework will be completed through substantive online law courses, including a course in Law Practice Competencies which will teach students successful project management skills, how to use legal technology, how to read financial statements, and other competencies essential for successful law practice.
“Washburn has long been known for graduating students who are practice-ready, and the Third Year Anywhere enrollment option will build on that foundation by affording students more in-depth practical experience during law school” said Pratt. “Placing students in the legal market where they intend to practice will position them to join the local bar association, network with lawyers who will become their professional peers, and interview for jobs in that market prior to graduating.”
Enrollment is limited to ensure that each student has attentive supervision by a Washburn faculty member. The primary faculty members who will supervise students in this enrollment option are Professor of Law Janet Thompson Jackson, and Associate Dean for Centers and Programs Shawn Leisinger, who together bring decades of experience in experiential legal education to this new enrollment option.
Placement locations are subject to availability and limitations to ensure student safety and educational integrity, and must be 35-miles or more from the law school. Learn more at washburnlaw.com/thirdyearanywhere