Externships listings

Externship Category: Constitutional Law

Externship SitePractice AreaDetails
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU)

SITE DESCRIPTION

The ACLU of Georgia is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting civil rights and individual liberties. The ACLU works in the courts, in communities and with the state legislature to protect people's basic civil rights. Specifically, we focus on impact litigation and advocacy involving a variety of constitutional concerns in a wide variety of contexts. These include criminal justice, death penalty, disability rights, free speech, prisoners' rights, racial justice, religious freedom, reproductive freedom, and voting rights.

Externs will have the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation and advocacy projects relating to the ACLU's work in courts, legislatures, and communities defending individual rights and liberties. Externs will have the opportunity to gain experience by working alongside attorneys on all aspects and phases of litigation including client interviews, discovery, trial preparation, and appeals. Externs may also be asked to write legislative research memos and prepare legislative testimony on civil liberties issues in preparation for or during an upcoming legislative session. Other work may include conducting legal and policy research; drafting memoranda, affidavits, and briefs; researching prospects for potential investigations and new litigation, including both factual and legal claims; supporting legislative research and drafting public education materials; and attending community events with attorneys.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Strong interest and background in civil liberties and civil rights
  • Constitutional Law II, recommended but not required

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Georgia Advocacy Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Georgia Advocacy Office is the designated Protection and Advocacy System for the State of Georgia.  As the P & A, GAO works on behalf of and beside people who experience disabilities.  Student Externs will be exposed to a multitude of practice areas which could include class action and other systemic litigation, representation of individuals in administrative hearings and probate court.

Each student’s experience could be enriched by participating in monitoring of state and private institutions and direct resource advocacy.  GAO intends for the externship experience to be rich with individualized opportunities for experiential learning and partnership with seasoned lawyers and advocates.

STUDENTS QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: A specified interest in working on behalf of and with people experiencing disabilities.

Preferences:

  • Enrollment in or completion of coursework related to disability and/or constitutional law
  • Either 2nd or 3rd year students are eligible
  • If a 3rd year student, eligibility to be sworn in under the Third Year Practice Act is preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Please submit a self-edited writing sample of no greater than 5 pages with the application.

 

Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Appellate Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Appellate Division of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council represents indigent defendants on criminal appeals. Externs will partner with experienced appellate attorneys to review trial court records, analyze legal issues, draft pleadings, and attend court proceedings in actual criminal cases from the motion to new trial level through direct appeal. Students will also watch oral arguments first-hand in the Court of Appeals of Georgia, one of the busiest intermediate appellate courts in the country, as well as the Supreme Court of Georgia.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Evidence
  • Criminal Law Courses
  • Constitutional Law The Appellate Division is recruiting While a criminal law background is not a prerequisite, applicants who have taken evidence, criminal law, or constitutional law classes are preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at the time of application.
Southeastern Legal Foundation Inc.

SITE DESCRIPTION

Southeastern Legal Foundation is an Atlanta-based public interest law firm and policy center. For 40 years, SLF has advocated for limited government, free speech, private property rights, and economic freedom in the courts of law and public opinion. SLF's mission is to engage in litigation and public policy advocacy in support of these principles.

Students will assist SLF primarily through research, writing memoranda, and drafting pleadings and discovery on constitutional issues. SLF is active at all levels of the judiciary, including filing amicus briefs and litigating cases before the United States Supreme Court. The student will also attend court and depositions as needed to assist their supervising attorney. Thus, the extern may look forward to not only practical training in litigation and policy, but they may also get the opportunity to assist with appellate work and gain significant brief writing experience.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • Second- and third-year students may apply
  • Classes in constitutional law and civil procedure recommended

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

At the time of application, please submit: a) a short statement of your interest in SLF’s work and describe your motivation for applying, b) a resume, and c) a short writing sample.