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Students electing to participate in the Atlanta Semester in Practice program work full-time in placements that include: the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Attorney General, the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia House and Senate, as well as many other governmental, nonprofit and corporate locations.

Atlanta Semester in Practice & Civil Externship

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 the Civil Externship secretary, Tonia Lumpkin, at tslumpk@uga.edu. You can also print your resume, application form and other materials, and submit a hard copy directly to Ms. Lumpkin 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 as an employee. However, we will give credit for work for which you receive a stipend or fellowship from a third party source. We will also give credit for work for which you receive reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses related to the work.
  • 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. For information about prosecutorial offerings, contact Professor Alan Cook. For information about our criminal defense offerings, contact Professor Russell Gabriel.

 

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 itself, “Rank” means requires a specified class rank; “FT” = full-time; “PT”= part-time.

Placement

Location

Rank

FT

PT

Governmental

 

 

 

 

Clarke County Attorney

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

 

CDC General Counsel

Atlanta

 

 

X

CDC Public Health Law Program

Atlanta

 

 

X

City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability

Atlanta

 

 

X

DFCS, Child Welfare Internship

Atlanta

 

 

X

Environmental Protection Agency

Atlanta

 

X

X

Federal Trade Commission

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Secretary of State

Atlanta

 

 

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

U.S. Dep’t. of Educ., Civil Rights

Atlanta

 

 

X

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

Atlanta

 

 

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

Georgia House of Representatives

Atlanta

 

 

X

House Democratic Caucus

Atlanta

 

 

X

Private Nonprofit

 

 

 

 

Athens Land Trust

Athens

 

 

X

Athens-Oconee CASA

Athens

 

 

X

Carl Vinson Inst. of Government

Athens

 

 

X

Elder Legal Assistance Project (fall only)

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Legal Services (Local)

Athens

 

 

X

Innovation Gateway

Athens

 

 

X

Access to Law

Atlanta

 

X

X

American Civil Liberties Union

Atlanta

 

X

X

Atlanta Legal Aid (Atlanta)

Atlanta

 

X

X

Carter Center

Atlanta

 

X

X

Catholic Charities Immigration Law Unit

Atlanta

 

X

X

Dekalb County Child Advocate

Atlanta

 

X

X

Domestic Violence Adv’y Proj. (spring only)

Atlanta

 

 

X

Federal Public Defender

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Advocacy Office

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Innocence Project

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Justice Project

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Law Center for the Homeless

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Legal Services (Atlanta)

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Municipal Association

Atlanta

 

 

X

GreenLaw

Atlanta

 

X

X

Lambda Legal

Atlanta

 

X

X

Latin American Association

Atlanta

 

X

X

Latin American Association (Policy)

Atlanta

 

 

X

Project South

Atlanta

 

 

X

Southern Center for Human Rights

Atlanta

 

 

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

U.S. District Court Judge Batten

Atlanta

n/a

n/a

n/a

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 Story

Atlanta

 

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 Judge Layton

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Blackwell

Atlanta

X

X

X

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Hines

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Nahmias

Atlanta

X

X

X

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Thompson

Atlanta

X

 

X

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge McFadden

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge McMillian

Atlanta

 

X

X

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Ray

Atlanta

n/a

n/a

n/a

Georgia Superior Court Judge Stephens

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Sweat

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Norris

Athens

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Ozburn

Covington

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Wynne

Monroe

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Gosselin

Gainesville

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Hodges

Elberton

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Glanville

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Motes

Jefferson

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Tusan

Atlanta

 

 

X

Georgia Superior Court Judge Shoob

Atlanta

X

X

X

Fulton County Business Court

Atlanta

X

 

X

State Court Judges Simpson & Auslander

Athens

 

 

X

State Court Judge Bessen

Athens

 

 

X

Clarke County Probate Court

Athens

 

 

X

Clarke County Juvenile Court

Athens

 

 

X

Clarke County Magistrate Court

Athens

 

 

X

Clarke County Municipal Court

Athens

 

 

X