Externships listings

Externship Category: Transactional Law

Externship SitePractice AreaDetails
Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia (AOC), Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students who participate in an externship position with the AOC's Office of General Counsel will gain experience in a broad variety of issues and legal services encountered by in-house attorneys, including contracts, human resources, and litigation supervision. The Office of General Counsel deals with all business, administrative, and policy legal matters affecting the AOC as well as a range of issues affecting the Judicial Branch of Government.

Under General Counsel supervision, students will draft, review, and participate in negotiations regarding professional service and technology contracts; conduct research on routine and complex legal questions for AOC staff and clients throughout the Judicial Branch; work with various boards, commissions, and committees of the judiciary on special legal projects; and draft legal responses to public inquiries for information requests. Externs are also often exposed to the inner workings of government and interact with justices, judges, and other policy makers of the judiciary. Students participating in this externship should expect to spend at least half their time engaged in transactional legal work.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:
 None

Preferences: 

  • Second and third-year students may apply.
  • Classes in technology law are not required but would be helpful.

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Cox Automotive, Inc., Legal Department

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students who participate in an externship position with Cox Automotive’s Legal Department will have the opportunity to gain experience in a broad variety of legal issues and legal services encountered by in-house corporate attorneys, including contracts, regulatory oversight, corporate compliance, and claims/dispute supervision. The Legal Department deals with all legal issues involving business needs, administrative and regulatory requirements, and compliance matters affecting the company. In addition, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., the Cox Automotive Legal Department interfaces with its parent company’s legal department in aligning advice to the business.

Under supervision by Assistant GCs and senior and corporate attorneys, students may be involved in the following activities: drafting and reviewing contracts and participating in negotiations of same; conducting research on routine and complex legal questions; advising the business on operational legal questions; participating in compliance policy, training, and monitoring activities; and review of strategy on claims and disputes. Externs are also exposed to the structure and importance of a quality in-house corporate legal department and may have contact with GCs, high-level business executives, and other key stakeholders in a for-profit industry setting.  Students should expect to shadow Cox Automotive lawyers in their daily activities. Students participating in this externship should expect to be exposed to myriad legal disciplines including compliance; labor and employment; data licensing; intellectual property; transactional law; and dispute resolution.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • Second and third-year students may apply.
  • Classes in contracts, data privacy, corporate compliance, and environmental law would be helpful.

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work in the Legal Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Legal Department supports all the functions of the Reserve Bank, both as bank regulatory counsel and as in-house corporate counsel. Students may work on a wide variety of matters, including banking regulations, payments system, contracts and commercial law, technology law, intellectual property law, employment law, litigation, and/or other matters. Students will attend meetings, participate in conference calls, and observe the workings of an in-house legal department and a bank regulatory agency. In addition, students will be asked to perform research tasks on current issues, and to write at least one substantial legal memorandum.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites: None

Preferred: Courses in Banking Law, Corporations, Commercial Paper, Secured Transactions, Employment Discrimination, Taxation, Copyrights and Trademarks, and/or Administrative Law

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A brief writing sample is required at the time of application.

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.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • 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.

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

SITE DESCRIPTION

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta provides free business legal services to non-profit organizations by matching them with volunteer attorneys with the appropriate transactional expertise.

The extern will b expected to undertake (with supervision and assistance from the Executive Director) the following activities. Researching and answering specific legal questions raised by non-profits, preparing forms (e.g. sample by-laws, agreements and policies) to be used by our volunteer lawyers, drafting content, including articles and links relating to legal issues affecting nonprofits for our website, preparing the descriptions of available pro bono opportunities to be sent to our volunteer attorneys, and attending meetings between nonprofit clients and volunteer attorneys. This is a unique opportunity for a highly motivated student to interact with lawyers from major law firms and corporations in Atlanta and to have a positive impact on the nonprofit community.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second or third year law student
  • Strong preference for an extern with interest in transactional law

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

The Home Depot, Legal Department

SITE DESCRIPTION

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.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year law students

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.