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Externship Category: IP Law

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Georgia Lawyers for the Arts


Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (GLA) provides a unique opportunity for law students to gain meaningful exposure to entertainment and intellectual property law. GLA is a nonprofit legal and educational services organization providing $1 million annually in free legal services to musicians, film makers, songwriters, galleries, nonprofit arts organizations, and literary and visual artists.In addition, GLA recently launched, with the support of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Georgia PATENTS, the state's only inventor assistance program established to provide pro bono legal assistance to solo inventors, non-profits, and qualifying small businesses.

Our externs interact with clients on a daily basis and are expected to take on a great deal of responsibility and maintain a professional demeanor in a fast-paced and exciting work environment. GLA externs perform substantive legal research on IP and entertainment-related matters in both transactional and litigation issues, write legal memos, draft and review contracts, make recommendations on the handling of pro bono cases, conduct client follow-up, assign cases to volunteer attorneys, attend and organize educational seminars, and accompany staff attorneys on client consultations with GLA member artists and art organizations.


Prerequisites: None


  • Second or third-year students
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Patent
  • First Amendment
  • Entertainment Law
  • The Statement of Interest should describe the nature of the student's interest in entertainment and/or intellectual property law.
  • Students must be available to attend a mandatory orientation session before beginning their externship.
Georgia State University Office of Technology Licensing and Commercialization

The vast majority of innovations that are eligible for intellectual protection (patents, copyrights, trademarks) created by employees of GSU are owned by GSU. GSU’s Office of Technology Licensing & Commercialization receives disclosures of such innovations and is responsible for evaluating them and, when appropriate, pursuing protection and eventual commercialization of such innovations. These activities assure compliance with requirements of federal funding sources. More importantly, effective development and commercialization of GSU innovations enables the public to benefit from them, promotes economic development and may generate meaningful revenue that may be used to fund more high value research activities at GSU. The path from a newly disclosed innovation to the market requires the exercise of legal, technical and business skills. An extern in the office will have ample opportunity to be exposed to and to cultivate legal skills relating to IP protection and licensing. Perhaps more importantly, the extern will get insight into how these skills may be put to use to improve lives, the economy and to promote cutting edge research.



  • Interest in understanding the commercialization of academic/university developed innovations.
  • Enjoys being exposed to natural sciences, technology.
  • May read Discover Magazine.

Preferences: Undergraduate or graduate courses in natural sciences, coding or engineering.


The Home Depot, Legal Department


The Home Depot (THD) is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with more than 2,200 stores across North America and approximately 400,000 employees. The student will be placed within THD’s Legal Department and will work with a variety of in-house counsel teams. The extern will have the opportunity to work with THD's transactional attorney teams (Corporate Governance, Privacy & Data Security, Commercial Transactions/IT, Real Estate, Employment/HR, Merchandising, IP, Tax and International/Supply Chain). Students will also be exposed to in-house litigation teams (Employment, General Liability and Commercial Litigation). Students will complete approximately 6 rotations choosing from the before-mentioned practice areas based on the student’s interests.  Students will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to work as in-house counsel for a Fortune 30 corporation. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of legal issues and will work on the day-to-day work of in-house counsel as they provide support for their internal clients. Students may be involved in projects such as providing legal research, drafting, attending client meetings and trial preparation.   Assignments will vary depending on need and student interest.


Prerequisites: Third-year law students

Preferences: None


  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student will be required to agree to a background check and drug screening before starting.