D.C. Semester In Practice Program

Students earn 13 credits while in residence in Washington, D.C.:  10 credits are earned from the externship and clinical seminar and 3 credits are earned from a non-clinical course.  Students extern 448 hours over the semester and attend class twice a week.  

Placements include a wide range of offerings, including federal, state and local government agencies, private non-profits and judicial chambers.  Because students receive academic credit, they may not receive monetary compensation.  Placements provide an opportunity for substantive legal work under a lawyer’s supervision with regular feedback and mentorship.  
Classes are held at the University of California Washington Center located near Dupont Circle at 1608 Rhode Island, Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20036.  
  • Non-Clinical Course: The Fall 2014 course is Comparative Constitution Making. This course is 3 credits and is graded: Countries around the world are drafting or re-drafting their constitutions.  This class considers what should be in those constitutions, and how countries might consider drafting those constitutions. Reading will include constitutional text, cases and commentaries from the United States and from abroad.  Requirements for the course include reading, a reaction paper, a short research paper, and several constitution-drafting exercises.
    • Professor David Fontana, George Washington School of Law

  • D.C. Externship Clinic: A 10-credit course, consisting of two parts: 2 credits for the weekly two-hour seminar and 8 credits for the student’s work at the placement.  Students receive a grade for one-half of these credits and receive a pass-fail designation for the other half.
Application Process
Applications are due by email to Jessica Heywood by Monday, March 24, 2014 and must include the application form, résumé, transcript and written statement of interest. Students accepted into the program are matched with possible placements based on demonstrated interest and other qualifications. Students will be notified if they have been accepted by a placement by March 31, 2014 at the latest. Please attend the Information Session on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:30 in Room 347J to meet Ms. Heywood and for additional program details.
Students are responsible to find their own housing.
Financial Aid
Increased financial aid is available for those participating in the D.C. Semester in Practice program.
Please contact Jessica Heywood for additional information: jheywood@uga.edu or 202.494.0035.

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Rising 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible to apply. Applications are due Monday, March 24, 2014 for Fall 2014 and must include your résumé, transcript and a short statement of interest.