Georgia Law Atlanta Semester in Practice and Civil Externship
Full-time and Part-time Courses

Georgia Law’s two civil externship courses offer credit for work in selected governmental, judicial, or private nonprofit law offices in Athens and in Atlanta. You work in an outside law practice, while taking a clinic seminar once a week. In the Atlanta Semester in Practice course, you work 32 hours per week and typically take other classes in Atlanta. In the Civil Externship course, you work between 10-20 hours per week in Athens or Atlanta, and typically take classes in Athens. Students in either course can take other classes in either Atlanta or Athens.

The Corporate Counsel Externship also offers full-time placements. Find out more on the Corporate Counsel Externship webpage.

The Atlanta Semester in Practice and Civil Externship courses have four main goals:

  • working on real problems under the supervision of skilled attorneys;
  • developing your abilities as a lawyer;
  • strengthening your understanding of the kind of law you want to practice;
  • forming relationships with attorneys in an area that interests you, thus helping to develop a network and career in that area.

The courses accomplish these goals through your work at your site, readings and a weekly seminar, and regular reflection on experience at your placement.

            Both courses offer placements suited to any student, regardless of class rank or practice interest. Only a few have academic prerequisites; the vast majority are open to students with an interest in their practice area. In fact, neither course fills the available placements. Each semester, students will find placements eager to accept them for a semester. We can also help to guide you toward appropriate placements.

            Most of our Atlanta-based placements also accept students on either a full-time or a part-time basis. You do not need to work full-time to work at an Atlanta placement, although we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities that full-time work provides. 

            Both courses connect you with important legal communities, especially in Atlanta. In the Atlanta Semester in Practice course, you can earn a full semester’s worth of credits while living in the Atlanta metro region and forging professional relationships in an important market for Georgia Law graduates. You do the same in the Civil Externship course, while remaining directly connected to the life of the law school.

            If you have any questions about either of these courses, contact:

Elizabeth Grant                                       Hillel Levin
emgrant@uga.edu                                  hlevin@uga.edu
Both courses                                           Atlanta Semester in Practice

Atlanta Semester in Practice Course

The Atlanta Semester in Practice course is a full-time externship. Students work 32 hours per week at governmental, judicial, or private nonprofit placements. Students take a weekly two-hour clinic seminar, with readings and three reflective assignments. The course requirements include the following:

  • Students must apply for and receive an offer from one of the placements who have agreed to take students for full-time work.
  • If accepted, students enroll in the 10 credit Atlanta Semester in Practice Course. Students also enroll in any of the Georgia Law in Atlanta courses for the upcoming semester and other courses that do not require a presence in Athens.
  • Students begin work as early as the Monday of the first week of classes and work 32 hours per week for 14 weeks, ending on the last day of law school classes.
  • Students take 2 or 3 classes each week, including the clinic seminar and other non-clinical classes. The clinic seminar occurs in the evening.

Civil Externship Course

The Civil Externship course is part-time externship. Students work 10, 15, or 20 hours per week at a governmental, judicial, or private non-profit placement. Students take a weekly two-hour clinic seminar, with readings and three reflective assignments. The course requirements include the following:

  • Students must apply for and receive an offer from one of the placements who have agreed to take students for part-time work.
  • If accepted, students enroll in the 4-6 credit Civil Externship course. Students working in Atlanta can also enroll in either one of the Georgia Law in Atlanta courses for the upcoming semester.
  • Students begin work as early as the Monday of the first week of classes. Students work 10, 15, or 20 hours per week for 4, 5, or 6 credits respectively. Students work for fourteen weeks, ending on the last day of law school classes.
  • Students take other classes in Athens or Atlanta, including the clinic seminar and other non-clinical courses.

Frequently Asked Questions
Full-time and Part-time Courses

General

  • Are Atlanta placements full-time only?

No. Most placements take both full-time and part-time students and some are part-time only.

  • How can I tell which placements take full-time or part-time students?

Click on the placements tab above.

  • Can I do an externship and take other clinics later?

Yes. These courses leave you with enough credits to take clinics in other semesters.

  • Can any student qualify for a placement? Or only highly-ranked students?

Any student can qualify. Only a few placements have class rank requirements.

  • Will working at a placement mean that I will get a job there after graduation?

Usually not, although it happens occasionally. Working at your placement allows you to network in that practice area, can give you a strong practice-oriented writing sample, and offers you mentors who will advise and help you on your career path.

  • Are these externship courses graded? How?

Yes. Half of the credit you earn is graded, half pass-fail. Grading is based on your work at your placement and on your work in the seminar.

Atlanta Semester in Practice

  • What courses are offered in Atlanta?
Each Fall and Spring additional law courses will be offered in Atlanta. There will also be at least one online course offered each semester. Courses in Atlanta and online will be published with the regular Law School calendar each Spring for the following school year. Past courses that have been offered in Atlanta include Constitutional Law II, State and Local Government, and Public Health Law. In 2019-2020, courses will be offered in Criminal Procedure, Employment Discrimination and Administrative Law.
  • Where are the Atlanta courses offered?

At the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead, a five-minute walk from two MARTA stations.

  • Can I work in Atlanta and participate in law journals, competitions, and on-campus interviews?

Yes.

  • Will I have to take more courses in other semesters to participate in the full-time course?

No. We offer other courses in Atlanta that allow you to take a full course load.

  • Will participating in the Atlanta course affect my financial aid?

No. You remain fully in residence during an Atlanta semester. You may also qualify for a cost-of-living adjustment.

Application Process

This page describes how to apply. Download the application form and follow the instructions below.

Applications: You may apply for up to three full-time and up to three part-time placements. To apply, submit a single resume and a separate application form for each placement, along with any materials required by a given placement, including transcripts or writing samples. Make sure that your application correctly specifies full-time or part-time. Please contact us if you would like assistance in identifying placements that would be ideally suited to you.

Email your application to Elizabeth Grant at emgrant@uga.edu. You can also print your application and submit a hard copy directly to the Civil Externship offices in Room 338 of Hirsch Hall. The application form requires a personal statement, which acts as a cover letter to the placement. Tailor your personal statement for each placement to which you apply.

Graduation Requirement (full-time only): Before you apply for a full-time placement, you must contact the Law School Registrar’s Office to do a graduation audit. Participation in a semester-in-practice course uses up 8 of your available 16 credit hours for clinics, as well as 8 of the 24 credits for study outside of a regularly scheduled class session.

Contact Paula McBride in the Registrar’s Office, mcbride1@uga.edu, for your audit. She will notify you when she has completed it. Then check the box on the application form and submit your applications. If you do not complete this audit, we will not forward your application to your desired placements.

Supporting Materials: Some placements require specific supporting materials, including transcripts and writing samples. Include all of the materials required by that placement.

After You Apply: After the application deadline, we review all applications for eligibility and will inform you if we cannot forward your application to a particular placement. Otherwise, we will forward all applications to the placements. The placements will review their applications and decide whom they wish to interview. In most cases, you will hear from the placement directly. You should respond promptly to any offer of an interview.

Offers and Acceptances: We have asked all placements to extend offers by the “decision by placements” date listed below. We will ask you to make final decisions about offers by the “decisions by students” deadline listed below.

Mandatory Acceptance: Students who apply to the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Federal District Courts, or the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals must accept an offer if received. If you receive offers from several of these placements, we will expect you to accept one of these offers. Do not apply for one of these placements unless you intend to accept an offer from that placement, even if you apply to other placements or clinics.

Confirming Participation: Once you accept an offer, you cannot withdraw without permission of the course professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Enrollment and Points: If you accept an offer, you can enroll in either the part-time or the full-time course without allocating points.

Deadlines

We have two application deadlines: one for all of the Atlanta placements (not including Corporate Counsel placements), February 28, and one for placements outside of Atlanta, March 20. The latter group includes all of our Athens placements. We have an earlier deadline for Atlanta placements because we compete with applications from the other Georgia law schools for all of those placements.

The table under the placements tab above lists the location for each placement.

For the broadest selection of placements, make sure to apply by the relevant deadline. We may have some placements unclaimed after each deadline and will make sure to offer any of those that remain open.

Deadline for Atlanta placements (not including Corporate Counsel)                          February 28

Deadline for placements outside Atlanta                                                                            March 20

Decisions by placements                                                                                                          April 3

Decisions by students about offers                                                                                         April 5

Point allocation                                                                                                                   April 10-12

Student-Arranged Placements

We will accept proposals from you for new placements that are not on our list of available placements. To do this, use the application process described under the “student arrangement placements” tab above.

Summary List of Placements

The table below lists all of our available placements. For full descriptions of individual placements, click on the heading for that type of placement: Governmental, Private Nonprofit, and Judicial. In the table below, “Rank” means the placement requires a specified class rank; “FT” = full-time; “PT”= part-time.

Placement

Location

Rank

FT

PT

Governmental

 

 

 

 

Athens-Clarke County Attorney

Athens

 

 

X

Athens-Clarke County Housing and Community Development Department

Athens

   

X

Georgia Governor, Executive Counsel

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Attorney General

Atlanta

 

X

X

Administrative Office of the Courts

Atlanta

 

 

X

CDC Public Health Law Program

Atlanta

 

X

X

CDC General Counsel

Atlanta

 

X

X

City of Atlanta, Office of Resilience

Atlanta

 

 

X

DeKalb County Public Defender's Office

Decatur

 

X

 

DeKalb County Law Department

Decatur

 

 

X

Environmental Protection Agency

Atlanta

 

X

X

EEOC – Legal

Atlanta

 

X

 

Fulton County Public Defender's Office

Atlanta

 

X

 

Federal Trade Commission

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Secretary of State

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Dep’t. of Administrative Services

Atlanta

 

 

X

Internal Revenue Service

Atlanta

 

X

X

Securities and Exchange Commission

Atlanta

 

X

 

United States Attorney

Atlanta

 

X

X

United States Bankruptcy Trustee

Atlanta

 

X

X

U.S. Dep’t. of Educ., Civil Rights

Atlanta

 

X

X

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Dev’t.

Atlanta

 

 

X

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Atlanta

 

X

X

U.S. D.O.J., Comm’y Relations Service

Atlanta

 

 

X

U.S. Department of Labor, Solicitor

Atlanta

 

X

X

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Atlanta

 

X

X

Gwinnett County Attorney

Lawrenceville

 

 

X

Legislative (spring only)

 

 

 

 

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Atlanta

 

 

X

Senate Democratic Caucus

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia House of Representatives

Atlanta

 

 

X

House Democratic Caucus

Atlanta

 

X

X

Private Nonprofit

 

 

 

 

Athens Land Trust

Athens

 

 

X

Athens-Oconee CASA

Athens

 

 

X

Carl Vinson Inst. of Government

Athens

 

 

X

Carl Vinson Inst. of Government - Water Policy Division

Athens

 

 

X

Elder Legal Assistance Project (fall only)

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Legal Services

Athens or Gainesville

 

 

X

Innovation Gateway

Athens

 

 

X

American Civil Liberties Union

Atlanta

 

X

X

Atlanta Legal Aid

Atlanta

 

X

X

Carter Center

Atlanta

 

X

X

Catholic Charities Immigration Law Unit

Atlanta

 

X

X

Dekalb County Child Advocate

Atlanta

 

X

X

Federal Public Defender

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Advocacy Office

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Innocence Project

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Justice Project

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Municipal Association

Atlanta

 

X

 

GreenLaw

Atlanta

 

X

X

Lambda Legal

Atlanta

 

X

X

Latin American Association

Atlanta

 

X

X

Project South

Atlanta

 

X

X

Southern Center for Human Rights

Atlanta

 

X

X

Southern Environmental Law Center

Atlanta

 

 

X

Southern Poverty Law Center

Atlanta

 

 

X

Atlanta Legal Aid (Gwinnett)

Lawrenceville

 

X

X

Judicial

 

 

 

 

11th Circuit Court Judge Pryor

Atlanta

X

X

X

U.S. District Court Judge Batten

Atlanta

X

X

X

U.S. District Court Judge Jones

Atlanta

X

X

X

U.S. District Court Judge May

Atlanta

X

X

X

U.S. District Court Judge Totenberg

Atlanta

X

X

 

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Bonapfel

Atlanta

 

X

X

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Walker

Atlanta

 

X

X

U.S. Immigration Court

Atlanta

 

 

X

EEOC – Administrative Judges

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Blackwell

Atlanta

X

X

X

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Nahmias

Atlanta

X

X

X

Georgia Supreme Court Judge Bethel

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge McFadden

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge McMillian

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Stephens

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Lott

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Norris

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Ozburn

Covington

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Wynne

Covington

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Gosselin

Gainesville

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Booth

Jefferson

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Tusan

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Watson

Carnesville

 

 

X

Metro Atlanta Business Court

Atlanta

X

X

X

State Court Judges Simpson & Auslander

Athens

 

 

X

Clarke County Probate Court

Athens

 

 

X

Clarke County Juvenile Court

Athens

 

 

X

Clarke County Magistrate Court

Athens

 

 

X

 

Student-Arranged Placements

We will accept proposals from you for new placements. To do this, use one of our application forms to give us your name and contact information; use the personal statement to identify the placement, including the name, the contact person with whom we should speak, and the contact information for that person, including phone and email. In general, you should only propose a placement with a practice that has already extended you an offer to work full-time for a semester, but we will consider offices with whom you have not yet had contact. 

Submit your application to Elizabeth Grant at emgrant@uga.edu. You can also print your resume, application form and other materials, and submit hard copy directly to the Civil Externship office in Room 338 in Hirsch Hall.

After we receive your application, we will review it and, as necessary, contact your proposed placement. During that contact, we will make sure that prospective supervisors understand the requirements of the course. We will also assess whether the placement has sufficiently diverse and demanding work, adequate space, and supervisory resources needed to give you a quality educational experience.

We will sponsor work that qualifies for practice under Georgia or federal student practice rules. Please review Georgia Supreme Court Rules 91–96 for details about the practices that qualify for student practice under Georgia law.

We do not sponsor placements in the following categories:

  • Paid Work: We will not give credit for work for which you are paid, including both compensation and work paid through a grant. Some placements may have funds available to reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses related to the work. Within limits, this would not disqualify the placement.
  • Private Firms: We do not place students in private firms or with for-profit organizations that employ attorneys.
  • Work Unrelated to Lawyering or Law Practice: We only offer credit for work that gives you opportunities to develop your abilities as a lawyer, to develop relationships within a practice area, and to learn from active supervision by those with relevant skills and abilities. While we define law-related activities broadly, you should consult with externship faculty if you have any questions.
  • Georgia Prosecutors and Public Defenders: We will not sponsor placements in Georgia prosecutorial or public defender offices.