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SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. Students are assigned to work either in the civil or criminal division for the entire two semesters. Students working in the civil division engage in a variety of tasks including drafting pleadings, assisting in taking depositions and conducting hearings, and litigating before magistrates and the district court, subject to court approval.

Students assigned to the criminal division assist in investigations, respond to pre-trial defense motions, assist in the preparation of briefs and litigate before magistrates and the district court, subject to court approval.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Eligibility to practice under the District Court's Standing Order In Re: Legal Intern Program;** Criminal Procedure for Criminal Division Placement, which requries that a 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. requirement in not fewer than four semesters or six quarters in residence, and (3) be of good moral character

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • This is a full year externship. Students must enroll in both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Students interested in a Criminal Division Placement must indicate on the externship application if Criminal Procedure will be completed by the start of the externship.
  • Students participating in this externship must be available to attend in-house seminars on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m., and must meet with their attorney(s) at least twice weekly to receive and submit assignments.
  • 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.
  • Security clearance is required: Acceptance into this externship is tentative pending completion of an application and an extensive security investigation of extern, which includes a drug-use questionnaire. Selected externs must submit agency's application by June 1 in order to be eligible.
  • Students participating in the program are prohibited from maintaining outside employment at a law firm engaging in federal practice involving the United States, its officers or agencies, or in other employment that might pose a conflict of interest.