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SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work in the office of the Dekalb County Solicitor, under the supervision of an attorney, conducting investigations, interviewing witnesses and complainants, preparing cases for trial, and appearing in court as student prosecutors in misdemeanor cases.

Work assignments will vary, but every effort will be made to give each student the opportunity to try several cases in the State Solicitor's Office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Crimial Law
  • Litigation
  • Evidence
  • Criminal Procedure Investigation or Adjudication (Criminal Procedure Adjudication is preferred; either or both classes can be taken concurrent with the externship)
  • Eligibility to practice under the Law School Public Prosecutor Act, which requires that the student (1) be in good academic standing (at least 2.3 GPA), (2) have earned at least two-thirds (58 hours) of the J.D. requirements in not fewer than four semesters or six quarters of residence, and (3) be of good moral character

 
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students participating in this externship may have to work more hours than required for other externships, and work hours may be less flexible during weeks students are scheduled to be in court.
  • Students who work or have worked for law firms which practice criminal law in Dekalb County are ineligible to participate in this externship.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for 7 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.