Educational ObjectivesThe Consumer Law Internship allows students who have taken the introductory Consumer Protection course and have developed an interest in consumer protection to work on consumer cases being handled by the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. The internship allows students to see how the rules they study in the Consumer Protection course are used to curb consumer fraud. The internship also exposes students to one career possibility in the consumer protection field. In this internship the students and supervisors know what the internship is meant to accomplish and how students are expected to learn in several ways. First, the supervising professor keeps in frequent contact with students and supervisors during the course of the internship. Supervisors understand that students need to have meaningful and varied work. Second, students are invited to discuss their work with the supervising professor during the semester so that issues are addressed early. Third, at the end of the internship both students and supervisors are required to answer a questionnaire that seeks information about the value of the internship to the intern’s learning, and the value of the intern to the organization supervising the internship.
Faculty Supervisor Professor Cathy Lesser Mansfield supervises this internship. She screens students who are eligible for the internship from her Consumer Protection introductory class. Interns must meet with the supervising professor at least twice during the internship and must submit an evaluation of the internship, copies of all significant written work product, and a brief paper analyzing a legal issue encountered during the internship to the supervising professor at the end of the internship.
Field-Placement SupervisorsBill Brauch, Iowa Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division
PrerequisitesIn order to be eligible to take the Consumer Law Internship, students must have taken the supervising professor’s three credit Consumer Protection course and must receive permission from the supervising professor and the field supervisor.