students abroad

Georgia Law students enjoy practical global practice experience year-round, through the Global Externship At-Home, or GEA, and the Global Externship Overseas, or GEO.

Global Externships At-Home

GEAs – placements within the United States, in legal departments, government offices, and nongovernmental organizations – occur within the framework of Georgia Law’s academic-year and summer externships. Available placements may include:

  • Through our Atlanta Semester in Practice, the Carter Center, Access to Law, and the Federal Trade Comission
  • Through our D.C. Semester in Practice, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of International Affairs, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation
  • Through our Corporate Counsel Externships, the legal departments of top corporations like Coca-Cola and nongovernmental organizations like CARE International

Global Externship Overseas

The law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center coordinates GEOs – four-to-twelve-week summer Global Extern placements in a variety of law-office settings around the world. Over the last fifteen years, more than 200 Georgia Law students have taken part in these GEOs, working with attorney supervisors and local staff. They return to Athens with new colleagues and mentors, with law-practice skills, and with deeper appreciation of the global legal profession.

Students secure placements tailored to their career goals with the aid of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, which each year develops potential sites to which students may apply. Recent placements include:

  • Law firms like the GÖRG Law Firm in Germany, Priti Suri & Associates in India, Siqueira Castro Advogadoes in Brazil, and King & Wood Mallesons in China
  • Government agencies like the Cambodia Ministry of Arts & Antiquities and the Guyana Office of the Attorney General
  • Corporate legal departments like the Clorox Company in Argentina
  • Intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in France and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Italy
  • Nongovernmental organizations like Natural Justice in South Africa and Malaysia, the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Belgium, Tamkeen Fields for Aid in Jordan, and the Human Rights League in Slovakia

Assisted by the Dean Rusk International Law Center, many Georgia Law students receive stipends from the law school, while others secure external funding from organizations such as the Freeman Foundation. Many split their summers, often combining a GEO with the Georgia Law-Leuven Centre Global Governance Summer School.

For more information, contact Kathleen A. Doty, Director of Global Practice Preparation at the law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center, at doty@uga.edu or (706) 542-9739