My school offers some very good clinical externship programs that allow students to earn credit while assuming the role of an attorney or judicial clerk in the litigation/adjudication of real cases. Students are placed in government agencies and judicial settings, in the State Attorney, Public Defender and Legal Aid offices throughout the state. Each program has both an academic and a clinical segment. A faculty supervisor oversees the academic segment, which provides perspective and trains the student in self-reflection and critical analysis of the institutions, processes, lawyering skills, and ethical issues related to the specific externship. A placement supervisor at the office location provides the clinical segment. The placement supervisor gives case assignments and assists/critiques the student to assure effective handling of the casework.