Externships listings

Externship Semester: Fall

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

 

 

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

Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.

SITE DESCRIPTION

Founded in 1924 by prominent members of the Atlanta bar, Atlanta Legal Aid is recognized as one of the cutting-edge legal services providers in the country.  Our 60+ staff attorneys work on a variety of issues, ranging from public benefits to complex mortgage litigation.  Significant casework includes Olmstead vs. L.C. & E.W., a 1999 US Supreme Court decision that expanded the Americans with Disabilities Act to institutionalized individuals with disabilities.  Home to nationally recognized experts in a number of practice areas, our attorneys appear in local print and television media and in national media such as The Nation, the New York Times, NPR, all major network nightly news broadcasts, and CNN.  Our attorneys have testified before Congress and consulted on legislation on both a local and state level.  Our program partners with major law firms and corporate counsel offices such as UPS for our highly successful Associate Fellowship Program as well as uniquely-tailored pro bono projects.

Externs have the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of civil law matters, including legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, investigation, document collection and organization, client interviewing, and client representation in administrative hearings. Externs receive a primary supervisor with ongoing responsibility for mentoring and on the job training, and opportunities to work with other staff in the work unit to which she/he is assigned.

Atlanta Legal Aid welcomes externs for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Summer Externs receive a program orientation at the beginning of the summer. Additionally, our mentoring program includes advice and assistance in preparing for possible fellowships, clerkships, and public interest positions.  Our summer class enjoys social gatherings with other interns and staff, as well as visits to the Carter Center and other Atlanta landmarks.

The Offices/Units available to externs are as follows:

Cobb County Office

The Cobb County Office, located on the Marietta Square, represents low-income persons in a variety of civil legal problems, including domestic relations, housing, consumer, public benefits, juvenile deprivation, education, and health law.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents and search court records. Second and third-year students also may be eligible to go to court under the student practice rule.

Externs working with the Cobb office’s Temporary Protective Order Project are afforded the opportunity to make court appearances weekly.  Externs will represent a petitioner at his or her TPO hearing every Tuesday in Cobb Superior Court.  As a result, the extern will need to be free on Tuesdays.  This unique opportunity includes being involved in all aspects of the case: initial client interview, fact investigation, negotiating with Respondent’s attorney or Respondent, representation at hearing, etc.

Fulton Domestic Relations Unit

The Fulton Domestic Relations Unit represents low-income persons in a variety of family law problems, prioritizing intervention in domestic abuse, securing child custody, and establishing support.  The unit also handles legitimations, adoptions, legal separations, and public benefits relating to these cases.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records.  Second and third-year students also may be eligible to go to court under the student practice rule.

General Law Unit

The General Law Unit, located just a short walk from the GSU law school, represents low-income persons in a variety of civil legal problems, including housing, consumer, public benefits, and education. Externs have the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of civil law matters, including legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, investigation, document collection and organization, client interviewing, and client representation in administrative hearings.

Gwinnett County Office

The Gwinnett County Office, located in Lawrenceville, represents low-income persons in a variety of civil legal problems, including domestic relations, housing, consumer, public benefits, juvenile deprivation, education, and health law.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records. Second and third-year students also may be eligible to go to court under the student practice rule.

Health Law Unit

The Health Law Unit, located just a short walk from the GSU law school, provides comprehensive and compassionate legal services which have a direct impact on health and quality of life to low-income individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer and ALS.  It provides a broad range of civil legal services to low-income people including legal issues related to employment, Social Security disability, short- and long-term disability insurance, access to health care, housing/landlord-tenant, consumer and debt issues, public benefits, family law, as well as end of life and estate planning. Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records.

Pro Bono Unit

The Pro Bono Unit connects volunteer attorneys with low-income persons to provide representation in a variety of civil legal problems, including the grandparents’ adoption project, minor and adult guardianship petitions, housing law, protection from domestic abuse, child custody, employment, housing law, and consumer law.  Externs participate in the case acceptance and referral process, interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, and search court records.

Senior Citizens Law Project

Students work in the Senior Citizens Law Project (SCLP) of Atlanta Legal Aid Society under the supervision of an attorney.  SCLP provides legal representation on issues relating to public benefits, nursing homes and personal care homes, housing, consumer, probate, guardianship, advance directives, and elder abuse and financial exploitation.  Participating students will be expected to interview clients and witnesses, prepare pleadings, research legal issues, research court records and represent clients in administrative hearings.

Southside Office

The Southside Office, located in South Fulton County on Cleveland Avenue, represents low-income persons living in Clayton and South Fulton Counties, in a variety of civil legal problems, including housing, consumer, public benefits, family law, education, and health law.  Externs interview clients, conduct research, write memos, draft pleadings, conduct investigations, gather documents, search court records, and represent clients in administrative hearings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 2Ls and 3Ls may apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students should indicate the Office/Unit for which they would like to be considered on their Statement of Interest.
  • At the time of application, students must submit a writing sample.
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) - Domestic Violence/Safe Families

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students participating in the domestic violence externship will be trained and certified to advocate for victims of domestic violence who are seeking Temporary Protective orders pursuant to the Family Violence Act. The students will assist victims in drafting their petitions, appear with them at their ex parte hearings before the presiding judge, assist them in filing the petitions and in delivering them to the sheriff's office for service. After service upon the defendant, the students will accompany the victims to the second hearing, assist them in presenting their cases before the Court, draft the final Protective Orders and ensure that the Orders provide for the safety of the client and her children. It is expected that the students will spend approximately 2/3 of their time in the courthouse and courtroom.

Students will also be responsible for following up with the clients to determine if there has been additional violence and if the client needs further relief from the judicial system and will assist them as needed. Finally, the students will perform an assessment of the client’s other civil legal needs (i.e. landlord tenant, consumer, health care etc.) and will make referrals to AVLF’s other projects or to Atlanta Legal Aid as appropriate.

AVLF will provide approximately 12 hours of training per semester.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second year students are eligible
  • Third year students will be given preference
  • Ability to be sworn in under the Third Year Practice Act, if eligible. The Third Year Practice Act 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. rerquirements in not fewer than four semesters or six quarters of residence, and (3) be of good moral character.

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Business Court, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Business Court provides a specialized venue for complex commercial litigation with damages in excess of one million dollars. Students will research substantive procedural issues, prepare written summaries and attend hearings, and participate in ruling conferences.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Contracts
  • Corporations

Preferences:

  • Securities, Commercial Torts, UCC Article 2, 6 and/or 9, and any Business or Commercial Law course offered at Georgia State College of Law
  • Third-year students

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

  • The majority of hearings are scheduled Monday-Thursday.
  • Students may not work with any other organizations which practice commercial/business law before the Business Court while participating in this externship.
  • A writing sample is required at the time of interview.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP)

SITE DESCRIPTION

The mission of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke. DHDSP uses primary and secondary data, published literature and practice-based evidence as well as a broad range of methodologies, including legal epidemiology, to develop tools, guidance documents, and evidence-based policy analyses for public health practitioners in the field. DHDSP staff collaborate with legal scholars to contribute to the emerging field of legal epidemiology by developing and applying novel methods to assess the role of law in the prevention and control of chronic disease in the US population. DHDSP public health JDs and legal analysts apply innovative technologies to conduct policy surveillance, track and monitor cardiovascular disease prevention law, and assess the impact of policies on public health.

This opportunity is ideal for externs with an interest in the application of law as a public health tool and the use of science to inform evidence-based policy.  The selected candidate will work directly with DHDSP JDs and legal analysts to identify emerging policy topics and novel methodologies for assessing the impact of law, track and monitor state and local laws, and facilitate engagement of subject matter experts. Externs will contribute to the development of tools and resources, provide presentations to diverse public health audiences, and potentially co-author peer reviewed publications. Additionally, candidates will be offered learning opportunities through the development of relationships with staff in other parts of CDC and other agencies as well as attendance at CDC-wide lectures.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year students or second year students with administrative law and/or health legislation & advocacy coursework.

Preferences: Background in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the College of Law.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For over 70 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuing a long, productive, healthy life for all people. The Office of General Counsel for DHHS-CDC is responsible for providing legal services to the CEC and to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The office deals with a wide variety of legal issues, including legal and public health issues related to AIDS, vaccine liability, environmental health, occupational safety and health, chronic disease, infectious diseases, emergency response an bioterrorism to name a few. The office handles CDC's and ATSDR's litigation portfolio and provides legal support to business and administrative offices across the agency.

The Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides externs with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of critical and cutting-edge legal issues. OGC provides representation and legal advice to CDC/ATSDR and supports the development and implementation of CDC’s programs by providing legal services to all Centers, Institutes, and Offices within the agency. Externs will conduct essential legal research, participate in client meetings, attend CDC-wide lectures, and work closely with OGC attorneys on other public health law-related matters.

 STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year law students
  • Background and/or interest in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a one paragraph statement (approximately 50 - 75 words) of why you want to take this externship and a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the College of Law.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Public Health Law Program

The CDC's Public Health Law Program (PHLP) exposes law students to the public health field and allows them to explore the critical role law plays in advancing public health goals. PHLP is a dynamic group of public health lawyers and analysts who work to advance the use of law as a public health tool. PHLP provides services and resources such as technical assistance, publications, and workforce development to CDC programs and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. This opportunity might be particularly appealing to individuals who have conducted public health or other scientific research, worked with data sets and coding processes, and have a proven ability to work independently and follow projects through to completion.

Externs will work on one or more core projects with mentorship from a CDC PHLP staff attorney, be involved in work projects that impact the mission of PHLP and CDC, actively participate in weekly PHLP staff meetings, have opportunities to co-author published articles and other materials, and showcase experiences in an end-of-externship presentation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year students only

Preferences: Background in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • At the time of application, you must submit a brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.
  • Interviews will be conducted at the CDC. If you are selected for an interview, be sure to allow at least 20 minutes before the scheduled interview time to complete the security clearance process.
  • Student should be available to attend team meetings.

 

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Office of General Counsel

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides externs with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of critical and cutting-edge legal issues affecting pediatric healthcare. OGC provides representation and legal and regulatory advice to a wide variety of internal clients (including, but not limited to, Operations, Compliance, Marketing, HR, the Foundation, Physician Practices, and IT). Externs will conduct essential legal research, participate in meetings, attend our weekly all counsel meeting, and work closely with OGC attorneys on other pediatric health law-related matters.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year law students
  • At least one semester of health law coursework
  • Background and/or interest in science, public health, or healthcare field helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student will be required to agree to a background check and health screening before starting.
  • Interviews will be conducted at Children’s.
City of Atlanta Office of the Public Defender

SITE DESCRIPTION

The City of Atlanta Office of the Public Defender provides constitutionally mandated criminal defense to indigent defendants accused of violating legislatively authorized state level misdemeanors, DUI and other traffic offenses, and Atlanta city ordinance and quality of life crimes, including: disorderly conduct, code enforcement and housing code violations, zoning and environmental offenses, animal control, common carrier, and business licensing and permits.

The office provides counsel at all phases of litigation from arrest through trial, including appellate representation. Many cases are complex in nature and require legal expertise in criminal law, real property, probate, environmental, bankruptcy, and contract law.  The attorneys must conduct a thorough investigation of the case, research the law, interview and subpoena witnesses, file pre-trial motions, and prepare for a zealous defense.

The City of Atlanta Public Defender’s Office is dedicated to holistic advocacy, addressing the civil collateral consequences that accompany criminal charges. Our goal is also to address underlying reasons for unlawful conduct, which commonly involve mental health challenges, substance dependency, or homelessness.  Attorneys and client advocates in the department seek treatment for clients by assessing needs and making referrals to mental health facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, housing placement, education, and employment.

Externs will work under the direct supervision of an experienced attorney. Most externs will be able to experience all courtroom procedures, including trial preparation, negotiation with solicitors, and examination of witnesses.  Assignments can include research, drafting motions, conducting client and witness interviews, arguing motions, and conducting trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Third year students, but second year students are encouraged to apply.
  • Must be eligible to practice under the Student Practice Rule as outlined by the Rules of the Supreme Court of Georgia (Rules 91 – 95). Must possess a certificate to practice from the State Bar of Georgia.

Preferences:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Litigation

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Cobb County D.A., Trial Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

Externs are assigned to work with a trial team of two attorneys. Assignments include researching and writing memoranda, drafting motions and indictments, fact investigations, witness interviews, presenting cases to grand juries, arguing motions, handling probation revocation hearings, and, if the court and student’s schedule permits, trying a felony case to a jury.

There may be occasional meetings with local police, medical examiners, and other law enforcement officers. An ADA is assigned to supervise the program on site.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Evidence
  • Litigation
  • 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

Preferences:

  • Criminal Procedure Adjudication
  • Criminal Procedure Investigation
  • STLA Membership

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Coweta County Solicitor General

Students will assist in all stages of misdemeanor prosecution.  This includes, but is not limited to, reviewing case files, drafting accusations, performing legal research, interviewing witnesses, participating in arraignment, motions hearings, bench trials, and, hopefully, jury trials.

Prerequisites:

  • A clean criminal history (other than minor traffic offenses)

Preferences:

  • Evidence
  • Criminal Law
  • Eligibility to practice under the Law School Public Prosecutor Act, which requires that a student (1) be in good academic standing (at least 2.3 G.P.A.), (2) have earned at least two thirds (58 hours) of the J.D. requirement in not fewer than four semesters or six quarters of residence, and (3) be of good moral character.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Please submit an unofficial transcript at the time of application.

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

DeKalb County D. A., Litigation

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work with the District Attorney's Office. Externs will be exposed to the work of a criminal investigator under the direct supervision of an investigator and will assist in interviewing witnesses, securing physical evidence, and preparing trial reports. Following this, externs will be assigned to the Grand Jury Division working directly under the supervision of an assistant district attorney. Responsibilities will include evaluation and screening of cases for legal sufficiency, preparation of indictments, and presentation of cases to the Grand Jury. Externs will then be assigned to work with a trial attorney and will participate in all aspects of trial preparation, negotiation with defense attorneys, and participation in arraignments, pre-trial hearings, and probation revocation hearings. Wherever feasible, students will be given an opportunity to assist at the trial of criminal cases.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • 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

Preferences:

  • Criminal Procedure Investigation and/or Criminal Procedure Adjudication

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students are required to participate in weekly seminars conducted by the District Attorney's office.
  • 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 may not work with any other organizations which practice criminal law Dekalb County while participating in this externship.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.

 

DeKalb County Public Defender, Appellate

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will summarize and analyze trial transcripts, research appellate issues, and draft legal memoranda and/or briefs in cases pending before the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court. Interns will also attend oral arguments as their schedule permits. Interns may also be assigned research issues in connection with motions and trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Second and third year students may apply.

Preferences:
  • Criminal procedure and evidence is helpful and may be taken concurrently with the externship
  • Legal writing course

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample must accompany resume

 

DeKalb County Public Defender, Litigation

SITE DESCRIPTION

Our office is responsible for representing all indigent people who have been accused of juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony crimes in DeKalb County, Georgia. Our downtown Decatur office begins representing indigent clients at the time of their arrest and continues this representation through final disposition of their case, including any appeals. This is a unique opportunity to integrate what the student has learned in law school with the practical application of practicing law. Under the supervision of an attorney, the third-year student will be sworn in under the third-year practice act and will be expected to represent clients in court. The student will have the opportunity to experience all courtroom procedures including preliminary hearings, arraignments, pretrial hearings, motions hearings, and jury trials. The student can expect to have many varied "hands on" experiences that will involve spending much of their time in court and with clients as well as witnesses, researching and preparing legal motions and memoranda, and assisting attorneys in all phases of trial preparation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Third-year students only
  • 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

Preferences:

  •  Criminal Procedure Adjudication and/or Criminal Procedure Investigation

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

DeKalb County Solicitor General

SITE DESCRIPTION

Legal externs working in the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s office will be exposed to all aspects of misdemeanor prosecution in DeKalb County.  They will learn the professional, ethical, and procedural aspects of screening, assessing, and prosecuting misdemeanor crimes in DeKalb County, while working with the assistant solicitors-general, investigators, and victim-witness advocates in our office.  The students may assist in case investigation, assessment, charging, motions, and trials.   When the schedule allows, interns may do a jail tour, visit the medical examiner’s office, and participate in various trainings and other attorney meetings.

3L students authorized to practice in a prosecutor’s office will be assigned to a trial division to work under the supervision of the division attorneys and may assist with the following: investigations, witness interviews, securing evidence, charging and accusations, arraignments, bond hearings, plea negotiations, motions hearings, trial preparation, and trials.  Supervised 3Ls may appear in court as student prosecutors in misdemeanor cases at all stages of the prosecution.  Work assignments will vary and depend on the court and the student’s schedule but every effort will be made to give each student under supervision the opportunity to try several cases.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Criminal Law
  • Eligibility to practice under the Law School Public Prosecutor Act as a 3L, which requires that the student (1) be in good academic standing (at least 2.2 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

 Preferences:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Litigation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Bigger blocks of time that start in the morning allow for more court opportunity.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students may not work with any organizations which practice criminal law in DeKalb County while participating in this externship.
  • For summer 3L placements, a full-time, full-week schedule is better to allow the extern to get the most court opportunities, so 40 hours per week for at least 7 weeks is preferred. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.

 

Department of Homeland Security

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the office of ICE, under the supervision of the Chief Counsel and staff attorneys. This federal agency is responsible for work involving both administrative and judicial proceedings. Students will work with several attorneys during the course of the semester to provide a broad exposure to the variety of tasks that an agency attorney performs. Externs will be responsible for preparing and reviewing cases for hearings before an immigration judge, assisting with investigations, preparing all types of cases, taking appeals, reviewing proposed administrative decisions and researching in preparation and support of writing appellate briefs and memoranda to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, D.C. Where permissible, third-year students may present selected cases under the supervision of a staff attorney.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • Successful completion of Immigration Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at the time of application.
  • ICE rules required that students be United States citizens.
  • Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check. Becuase of this agency's lengthy background check process, this is a fall semester externship ony.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Litigation Unit

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Atlanta District Office (EEOC) is the lead enforcement agency in the area of workplace discrimination. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Pay Act. The EEOC investigates charges brought by individuals against employers for allegedly violating these laws. The EEOC also provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices and policies.

All externs will participate in the following: legal research and writing drafts of memoranda; reviewing and analyzing cases to determine whether there is cause to believe that an employer engaged in unlawful discrimination; drafting requests for information; drafting discovery plans; drafting interrogatories and requests for production; sitting in on intake with investigators while they interview charging parties; sitting in on mediations between the charging party and the employer; sitting in on depositions and facilitating deposition preparation; sitting in on meetings between attorneys and investigators; assisting with witness prep; assisting with trial prep; going on on-sites with investigators; and attending court hearings and trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Commitment to and passion for Civil Rights Law

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year student
  • Administrative Law and/or Employment Law

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hearing Unit/Legal Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Hearings Unit of the Atlanta District Office (ATLDO) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission conducts hearings and renders decisions with respect to EEO complaints that are brought by Federal workers. The ATLDO Hearings Unit employs five administrative judges who conduct hearings and render decisions.

The role of the extern in the Hearings Unit is similar to that of a judicial law clerk. The extern conducts legal research on specific topics at the direction of the AJ. The extern writes decisions in conjunction with the AJ. The extern attends hearings. Additionally, the AJs will try to give the extern some exposure to the work that is done in other areas of the ATLDO.

The extern will gain exposure to EEO law, administrative law and civil procedure.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Employment Law
  • Second and third-year students

Preferences: Third-year students

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample is required at the time of interview.

 

Federal Defender Program

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Federal Defender Program provides representation to indigent criminal defendants in Federal Court. The Federal Defender also represents some death-row inmates challenging their convictions and/or sentences in federal habeas corpus litigation.

Students working with the Federal Defender program will help in drafting documents, motions and briefs in U.S. District Court, the Court of Appeals, and occasionally in the United States Supreme Court. Students will help in interviewing witnesses, preparing cases for pretrial hearings, and will assist the attorneys in preparing cases for trial and sentencing hearings. Students are considered to be an integral part of the "defense team," and can do almost anything, short of actually speaking in court as the attorney of record.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Open to second and third-year students

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • At the time of application, students must submit a short paragraph or statement indicating why they want to work for the Federal Defender Program.
  • Students who choose to participate in this externship may have to work more hours than required by the school. Students must have flexible schedules to accommodate the court schedules of the cases on which the student is assisting.
  • Students who currently work or who are doing externship programs with any prosecuting or investigative agency are not eligible to participate in this externship.

 

Federal Highway Administration, Southeastern Legal Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) carries out the Federal highway programs in partnership with the State and local agencies to meet the nation’s transportation needs. Southern Legal Services, a field office of FHWA’s Office of Chief Counsel, provides advice and legal representation to fourteen division offices throughout the Southeast on a wide range of issues including environmental matters, employment law, requests for reasonable accommodations, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Federal Tort claims, ethics questions, federal land transfers and programmatic applications of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The Agency’s environmental work revolves primarily around issues related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. The office’s litigation case load varies but almost always includes 1) environmental lawsuits in U.S. District Courts throughout the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; and 2) employment suits constituting either Title VII discrimination or retaliation claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or appeals to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

Typical intern assignments range from researching, analyzing and providing recommendations regarding discrete legal issues to drafting dispositive pretrial motions. Interns participate in meetings with clients, conferences with opposing counsel, mediation and settlement discussions, and conferences with the Assistant U.S. Attorneys assigned to the Agency’s environmental cases. The resulting experience provides exposure to a broad range of legal issues and a better understanding of the work performed by FHWA attorneys. Student preference for either environmental or employment law is considered in assigning projects, but the office case load at the time of the externship ultimately determines the range of available assignments.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Classes in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and/or Employment Discrimination are helpful.
  • Second or third-year students with excellent writing and analytic skills are encouraged to apply.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Externs must be U.S. citizens.
  • Security clearance is required.
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 Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN)

SITE DESCRIPTION

GAIN provides pro bono services through volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and law students to represent immigrant asylum seekers, victims of trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes. GAIN’s staff screen, refer, train, support, and supervise the pro bono attorneys as they represent these cases.

The extern will be expected to assist with screenings, consultations and interviews of our cases and then provide a summary of the case to the volunteer attorneys. The extern will also work closely and assist our volunteer lawyers in providing research of relevant law, country conditions and gathering of supporting documents for these cases. The extern will also have the opportunity to attend meetings between the client and volunteer attorney and observe and assist the volunteer attorneys with their case. The extern will be supervised by GAIN’s staff attorneys in all their duties.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: Immigration Law

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the state’s lead agency for preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and support to all of DPH’s divisions and programs, including:  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory.

DPH externs work closely with both attorneys and program staff.  Responsibilities may include regulatory drafting, legal research and writing, litigation support, and special projects involving any of DPH’s programs.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:  None

Preferences:  Second or third-year students with a background or interest in public health

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The successful applicant may be subject to a criminal background check.

Georgia House Democratic Caucus

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Georgia House Democratic Caucus serves as a focal point for legislative strategy, press relations, and policy development for the Democratic members of the Georgia House of Representatives. Externs will review bills and statutes, draft legislation and talking points, and perform public policy research. During the legislative session, which runs from January through the end of March, externs will analyze hundreds of bills, follow committees, perform research, and issue spot. Externs will gain insight into constitutional law, legislative intent and the rules of statutory construction. Exceptional students will be given the opportunity to interact directly with representatives and draft legislation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Applicants should have excellent writing skills and be very detail oriented.
  • A high degree of maturity, discretion, and an interest in government are necessary.

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A cover letter, two letters of reference, and a short writing sample are required at the time of application.

Georgia Innocence Project

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Georgia Innocent Project (GIP) is a non-profit legal organization dedicated to proving the innocence of the wrongfully convicted through DNA testing, remedying the causes of wrongful convictions, and helping the exonerated rebuild their lives. The Project reviews post-conviction cases to determine whether there is a legitimate claim of innocence that can be proven using newly discovered evidence or newly available forensic testing. GIP then fully re-investigates and ultimately litigates cases.

Externs will work under the supervision of GIP's Executive Director, and for administrative purposes will report to the project's Operations Manager. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various stages of post-conviction innocence work, including case intake (screening applications for assistance, pulling appeals, conducting preliminary research), case investigation (open records requests, document review and work product creation, drafting memos, interviewing clients and witnesses) and/or litigation (research/writing and motions practice; hearing preparation; courtroom appearances if certified under the Student Practice Act). Students may also be assigned ad-hoc projects from time to time (e.g., policy-related research projects) at the direction of the Executive Director.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the innocence movement. For more information on the Georgia Innocence Project, visit our website at www.georgiainnocenceproject.org.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:  Students must be tenacious, detail-oriented, good writers, and receptive to giving and receiving feedback. Coursework in criminal or appellate procedure is a plus.

Preferences: None

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Georgia Justice Project

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) is a non-profit legal organization dedicated to proving the innocence of the wrongfully convicted through DNA testing, remedying the causes of wrongful convictions, and helping the exonerated rebuild their lives. The Project reviews post-conviction cases to determine whether there is a legitimate claim of innocence that can be proven using newly discovered evidence or newly available forensic testing. GIP then fully re-investigates and ultimately litigates cases.

Externs will work under the supervision of GIP’s Executive Director, and for administrative purposes will report to the project’s Operations Manager. Students will have the opportunity to participate in various stages of post-conviction innocence work, including case intake (screening applications for assistance, pulling appeals, conducting preliminary research), case investigation (open records requests, document review and work product creation, drafting memos, interviewing clients and witnesses) and/or litigation (research/writing and motions practice; hearing preparation; courtroom appearances if certified under the Student Practice Act). Students may also be assigned ad-hoc projects from time to time (e.g., policy-related research projects) at the discretion of the Executive Director.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the innocence movement.  For more information on the Georgia Innocence Project, visit our website at www.georgiainnocenceproject.org.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Students must be tenacious, detail-oriented, good writers, and receptive to giving and receiving feedback. Coursework in criminal or appellate procedure is a plus.

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Georgia State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Compliance Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Georgia State University Athletic Department is a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision athletic program within the Sun Belt Conference. Georgia State currently sponsors sixteen Division I sports. Although externs within the Compliance Office gain experience in a variety of different ways, their primary responsibilities include the following: researching and interpreting NCAA and Sun Belt Conference legislation; developing compliance education materials (including oral presentations) for coaches, student-athletes and staff; researching and drafting NCAA waivers and interpretation requests; assisting with the initial eligibility certification process; monitoring practices and games to ensure compliance with NCAA rules; and conducting audits of documentation relating to recruiting and practice activities.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • 2L or 3L students preferred
  • Prior experience in a collegiate or professional athletic organization,
  • Experience with legal research

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Externs are expected to fulfill certain game day responsibilities and therefore must be available during some Georgia State home football and basketball contests.

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

Georgia Watch

SITE DESCRIPTION

Founded in 2002, Georgia Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization working to ensure that Georgians are educated and protected on matters that impact their wallets and quality of life. Through advocacy, outreach and education, Georgia Watch works to make Georgia a model for consumer protection. Georgia Watch safeguards consumer protections in the area of personal finance, ensure access to safe, quality, affordable healthcare, protect the right to trial by jury, promote access to the courts, and encourage fair utility rates and renewable energy options for consumers. Georgia Watch collaborates with government agencies, community-based organizations, professional associations, policymakers, legislators, academic partners, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders.

Externs will work across the program areas to accomplish work in all policy areas: consumer financial protection, access to civil justice, consumer energy, and healthcare access. Externs will assist with legal and other research associated with writing policy reports and briefs, contribute to external communications, including blog posts and press releases, draft consumer education materials, attend meetings with community partners, and perform other related tasks as assigned.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Strong research, writing, Microsoft Office and Excel skills
  • Passion for consumer advocacy and education

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants should submit a brief writing sample on a topic of their choice at the time of application.
Gwinnett County Solicitor General

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Office of the Gwinnett County Solicitor. It is desired to have students perform as an Assistant Solicitor. This includes, but is not limited to, activities such as legal research, complying with discovery demands, interviewing witnesses, preparing pre-trial motions, participating in arraignment, revocation, and motions hearings, as well as hopefully trying bench and/or jury trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Procedure Adjudication and/or Criminal Procedure Investigation
  • Evidence
  • Students must be eligible to practice under the Law School Public Prosecutor Act, which requires that a student (1) be in good academic standing (at least 2.3 G.P.A.), (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

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

  • A clean criminal history (other than traffic citations) is required.
  • A flexible schedule is a must if jury trial experience is desired. Students desiring jury trial experience should plan to schedule extern hours to include at least one full day between Monday and Wednesday.
  • Students who work or have worked for law firms which practice criminal defense in Gwinnett County are ineligible for this externship.

 

Internal Revenue Service, Individual Tax

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Atlanta offices of the Associate Area Counsel (Small Business/Self-Employed) for the Internal Revenue Service. Counsel's Office represents the Commissioner of Internal Revenue in the United States Tax Court, provides legal opinions and advice in a wide range of matters arising under the Internal Revenue Code, and makes formal recommendations to the Department of Justice concerning suites by and against the Service.

Student responsibilities may include: interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings, trial preparation, researching specific legal questions, drafting opinions in response to intra-agency inquiries, and attending civil and criminal conferences. Additionally, the Tax Court and the Service have entered into an agreement to allow the legal externs to try cases before the Tax Court, while under the supervision of an attorney.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Class rank in the top 1/3 of class (resumes that do not disclose GPA and/or class rank will NOT be considered)
  • Must be enrolled in or preferably have completed at least Basic Federal Taxation
  • Second-semester second-year students and third-year students may apply

Preferences:

  • Students should have an interest in tax law and have grades in tax law courses which reflect an ability to master tax law concepts
  • Work in the Tax Clinic is a plus

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Judge Amy Totenberg, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work for Judge Totenberg performing legal research, analysis and writing, observing hearings and trials, and participating in various other aspects of the work of a judicial law clerk.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Top ten percent of class or law review/moot court participation or significant writing experience.

Preferences: Third-year students, but second-year students are encouraged to apply

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample and list of references must accompany resume at the time of application.
  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation of student.
  • Students participating in this externship are expected to be at the externship site for two full days per week. 
Judge Elizabeth Gobeil, Georgia Court of Appeals

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Judge Gobeil under the direct supervision of her staff attorneys. Externship includes legal research and writing, participation in case analysis discussions, and the opportunity to observe oral argument. Assignment of projects to externs is dependent upon research, analysis and writing skills.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Strong research, analysis and writing skills, including proficiency in Westlaw and/or Lexis legal research platforms.
  • Initiative and strong work ethic.
  • Positive and professional attitude.

Preferences:

  • Third-year students but second-year students may also apply.
  • Significant work experience is a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample must be provided at the time of interview.

Judge Jane C. Barwick, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Externs will receive case files with motions and other pleadings, including motions to compel, motions for summary judgment, motions for attorney’s fees, petitions for judicial review, declaratory judgments, etc. Externs will read the case file, conduct research, write a summary including important facts and applicable law, and make a recommendation regarding whether the motion should be granted or denied. Student will also have the opportunity to observe status and pre-trial conferences.  Also, students can expect to have the practical experience of filing documents with the Clerk’s office, reviewing pleadings, assisting with calendars, and reviewing the Court’s docket to ensure proper resolution of cases.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Proficiency in Lexis and/or Westlaw legal research platforms
  • Strong legal analysis, writing, and communication skills
  • Excellent work ethic and a demonstrated interest in working in a judicial setting
  • A positive attitude, good sense of humor, and the ability to work well with others as part of a team

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Access to a laptop computer that can be brought to the externship site is required.
Judge Jason B. Thompson, Fayette County State Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

This externship focuses on criminal and civil matters before Fayette County State Court, to include observing motions hearings, bench trials, and jury trials.  The extern will assist Judge Thompson with his caseload through legal research and writing, including summarizing case files, drafting memorandums on varying areas of law, and drafting orders for the judge’s review. The extern will also assist by following changes in the law and analyzing their application to the court.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Strong legal analysis, writing, and communication skills
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work well with others as part of a team
  • A clean criminal history (other than minor traffic offenses)

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students must undergo a background check.

Judge Kimberly A. Childs, Cobb County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work closely with and under the direct supervision of Judge Childs’s Staff Attorney and will assist the Court in its work related to pending criminal, civil, and domestic cases.

Students will engage in a wide range of activities typical to the work of a judicial law clerk.  Such activities include: 1) performing legal research and drafting memoranda and orders; 2) summarizing and analyzing pending cases; and 3) observing court proceedings (calendars, hearings, bench trials, jury trials, and status conferences).

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Proficiency in Lexis and/or Westlaw legal research platforms
  • Superior legal analysis, writing, and communication skills
  • A strong work ethic and a demonstrated interest in working in a judicial setting
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work well with others as part of a team

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Access to a laptop computer that can be brought to the externship site is required.

Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Student will work for Judge Adams doing legal research, analysis and writing, preparing bench memoranda, and participating in all aspects of the work of a judicial law clerk, including observing numerous civil and criminal trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Computer proficiency

Preferences: Third-year students but second-year students may also apply

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample must accompany resume at the time of application.

Judge Leigh Martin May, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

This externship will expose students to the practice of civil and criminal law in the Northern District of Georgia. Students will work for Judge May by performing legal research and drafting orders. Students will also have the opportunity to observe pre-trial hearings and civil and criminal trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Law Review or Moot Court
  • Superior research and writing skills

Preferences:

  • Top fifteen percent
  • Third-year students, but second-year students who will be in their second semester of second-year at the time of the externship are encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample are required at the time of application.
  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation of student.
  • Students participating in this externship are expected to be at the externship site 16 hours per week. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.
Judge Paul M. Baisier, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Externs will work with Judge Baisier and his law clerk. Responsibilities will include calendar preparation, legal research, writing memoranda, attending hearings and trials and drafting orders.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Basic Bankruptcy coursework

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation.
  • Students must submit a writing sample (preferably unedited by others) and a copy of their law school grades at the time of application. Applicants should indicate whether their submitted writing sample has been edited by others, and if it has been, to what extent.
  • Externs will receive the broadest experience if they can manage a flexible schedule. Tuesdays and Thursdays are recommended.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 25-40 hours per week. 
Judge Reuben M. Green, Cobb County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work closely with and under the direct supervision of Judge Green's Staff Attorney and will assist the Court in its work related to pending criminal, civil, and domestic cases.

Students will engage in a wide range of activities typical to the work of a judicial law clerk. Such activities include: 1) performing legal research and drafting memoranda and Orders of the Court; 2) summarizing and analyzing pending cases; and 3) observing Court proceedings (calendars, hearings, bench trials, jury trials, and status conferences.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Proficiency in Lexis and/or Westlaw legal research platforms
  • Superior legal analysis, writing, and communication skills
  • A strong work ethic and a demonstrated interest in working in a judicial setting
  • A positive attitude and the ability to work well with others as part of a team

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Access to a laptop computer that can be brought to the externship site is required.

Judge Richard W. Story, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

This externship will expose students to the practice of civil and criminal law in the Northern District of Georgia. Students will work for Judge Story by performing legal research and drafting orders. Students will also have the opportunity to observe pre-trial hearings and civil and criminal trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Law Review or Moot Court
  • Superior research and writing skills

Preferences:

  • Top fifteen percent
  • Third-year students, but second-year students who will be in their second semester of second year at the time of the externship are encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at the time of application.
  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation of student.
  • Students participating in this externship are expected to be at the externship site two full 8-hour days per week. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.
Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard, Georgia Court of Appeals

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Judge Dillard under the direct supervision of Judge Dillard and his staff attorneys. Students will perform legal research, analysis, and writing. Most students will have an opportunity to attend oral argument and will gain a better understanding of the Georgia appellate process.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: Third-year students, but will consider second-year students with superior research and writing skills

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A brief writing sample is required at the time of application.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the Court's oral argument sessions during their externship. Students should check the Court's upcoming oral argument schedule to ensure ability to attend.
Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

This externship will expose students to the practice of civil and criminal law in the Northern District of Georgia. Students will work for Judge Batten by performing legal research and drafting orders. Students will also have the opportunity to observe pre-trial hearings and civil and criminal trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Top academic credentials
  • Superior research and writing skills

Preferences:

  • Law Review or Moot Court
  • Third-year students, but second-year students are encouraged to apply

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at the time of application.
  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation of student.
Judge Todd Markle, Georgia Court of Appeals

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work under the direct supervision of Judge Markle and his staff attorneys. Students will perform legal research, analysis, and writing. Most students will have an opportunity to attend oral argument and will gain a better understanding of the Georgia appellate process.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Interested students should submit a short writing sample and an unofficial transcript.

Judge Ural D. Glanville, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students can expect an assortment of activities and assignments. Notably, a student will assist the Superior Court Judge, under the supervision of the Staff Attorney, with his constitutionally prescribed responsibilities. In this regard, assignments will include: reviewing pleadings and fillings, conducting legal research on issues raised in the Court; drafting legal memorandum and proposed orders; and reviewing the Court's docket to ensure proper and efficient resolution of cases. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to observe various court proceedings, including; status conferences, hearings and trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Excellent analysis, research and communication skills

Preferences:

  • Family Law
  • Georgia Practice and Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Legal Research

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample is required at the time of application.

 

Judge Wendy L. Hagenau, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases, which are handled by the Bankruptcy Court.  Bankruptcy judges serve as judicial officers of the bankruptcy court for their respective districts. The U.S. court of appeals for each circuit appoints bankruptcy judges to renewable fourteen-year terms.

Externs will work with Judge Hagenau and her law clerk. Activities include research and writing memoranda, drafting orders and opinions, and attending hearings and trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Interest in bankruptcy law

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation of student.
  • Students should plan to be at the externship site on Wednesdays or Thursdays for courtroom observation.

 

Office of the Attorney General, State of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Along with research projects, externs will be encouraged to actively participate in matters being handled by the division to which they are assigned; including opportunities to participate in client meetings, mediation sessions, depositions and court proceedings.

Students will be assigned a mentor who will insure that the student receives training in the practical application of the law, will provide and document frequent feedback about their job performance, and will provide insight into the professional obligations of being an attorney.

The Divisions/Sections/Units available to externs are as follows:

Regulated Industries and Professions Division

This Division includes the following Sections: State Licensing Boards, Consumer Interests and Environmental and Natural Resources. Interns will work for a diverse collection of client agencies, including professional licensing boards, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Division, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Insurance and others. Work in the division consists of working directly with clients and providing advice and representation in litigation. The litigation work in the division is primarily administrative in nature, but includes judicial reviews, proceedings for injunctive relief and other non-jury judicial proceedings. Interns may have the opportunity to attend investigative interviews; research legal issues and prepare memoranda of advice; prepare pleadings and briefs at the trial and appellate levels; assist attorneys in case preparation; attend strategy conferences and other meetings with clients; attend board meetings; and, attend administrative hearings and court proceedings.

Commercial Transactions and Litigation Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Business and Finance, Real Property, Construction, Transportation and Authorities and Tax. Interns will be given substantive work in a wide range of areas, some of which have been the subject of media coverage because of their significance. Interns may have the opportunity to help the assigned attorney prepare for and attend discovery proceedings such as depositions, draft pleadings or briefs and observe proceedings in state and federal trial courts, attend hearings at the Office of State Administrative Hearings and arguments before the Georgia appellate courts. Since there is such a variety of matters handled in the division, students may be attending a routine garnishment hearing one day and a Georgia Supreme Court argument on a multi-million dollar tax dispute the next. In addition to litigation, the division offers the unique opportunity to be exposed to transactional practice, which may include contract drafting or review and the opportunity to be exposed to cutting-edge financing issues such as public private initiatives. Interns will gain an understanding of how the State acquires real property and be exposed to other real property management issues. Students may accompany attorneys as they attend meetings with client agencies and work on advice in response to agency requests. Interns will be exposed to Georgia laws and statutory interpretation principles and gain an understanding of the unique constraints placed upon governmental agencies by the Georgia Constitution, such as the prohibitions against pledging the states credit or the granting of gratuities and will become familiar with governmental defenses such as sovereign immunity.

Criminal Justice Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Healthcare Fraud, Public Safety, Post-Conviction Litigation and Capital Litigation. Interns assist in preparing pleadings in federal and state court in habeas corpus cases, direct appeal briefs in murder cases and civil litigation with respect to public safety/law enforcement clients as it arises. Interns also do research for cases or issues as they arise - whether in relation to legislation or litigation or general client advice. Interns also have the opportunity to attend board meetings and client meetings as well as various types of court proceedings.

General Litigation Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Civil Rights, Tort, and Workers' Compensation. In an active civil litigation practice, interns will draft discovery, motions, briefs and other pleadings in state and federal court as well as before the State Board of Workers' Compensation. Students will assist the attorneys in preparing for depositions, hearings, mediations and trials. Interns may also attend hearings, trials and appellate arguments.

Government Services and Employment Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Education, Elections, Local Government and Judiciary, Labor and Employment and Human Resources. Because the Government Operations Division offers a wide range of different substantive work, from administrative hearings to federal litigation to client advice and appellate litigation, interns are exposed to all of these areas as a part of their experience. Interns work with active, practicing attorneys in readying cases for hearings; preparing and answering discovery; drafting briefs, motions and other pleadings; researching and writing client advice letters or opinions of the Attorney General; and attending witness interviews, board meeting, discovery proceedings, hearings, trials and appellate arguments.

Special Prosecutions Section

This Section is primarily responsible for investigating and prosecuting government corruption cases. Interns in the Special Prosecutions Section are allowed to work under Georgia's third-year prosecutor practice rules. Accordingly, interns are assigned case files to review, prepare indictments, and present to grand juries. Interns may also make court appearances from time to time.

Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

The MFCU investigates and prosecutes health care providers and conspirators who commit fraud and abuse of the Georgia Medicaid program.  The Unit has criminal teams, which initiate criminal prosecutions based on health care fraud and abuse, and civil teams, which investigate and prosecute civil qui tam whistleblower cases filed all over the country.  MFCU prosecutions are often complex and involve a combination of witness interviews and depositions, data analysis, and information gathering with state and federal partners.  Interns will experience a wide variety of criminal and civil prosecutorial activities, including grand jury appearances and presentation of criminal indictments, drafting of civil complaints, review of medical records, legal briefing and analysis of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act, and settlement negotiations in multi-million dollar cases.  Law students looking to gain experience in healthcare law, criminal practice, or civil procedure need look no further!

Consumer Protection Unit

The “CPU” of the Georgia Attorney General’s Office enforces the Fair Business Practices Act, as well as many of our State's other consumer protection laws.  Under the Attorney General’s authority, we actively work to protect consumers and legitimate businesses from unfair or deceptive acts and practices in the marketplace.  Externs will work closely with the Staff Attorneys in all aspects of the work of CPU’s Legal Division.  Legal research and writing (briefs, memoranda), drafting legal documents (Subpoenas, Investigative Demands, Notices of Contemplated Legal Action), drafting settlement agreements, and consumer contact are just some of the daily tasks and responsibilities.  There’s no typical day, and while our interns work hard, they’re never bored.  Not only will you gain solid, real-world working experience, you’ll be a much more informed consumer at the conclusion of your externship with us!

Solicitor General's Office

The Solicitor General's Office oversees appellate litigation for the Office of the Attorney General and collaborates on all phases of significant litigation with other attorneys in the Department.  Work in the Solicitor General's Office frequently involves constitutional issues, statutory interpretation, and other complex civil litigation.  Interns will work with the Solicitor General and Deputy Solicitors General to perform legal research; draft research memos; draft motions, briefs, and other pleadings; and prepare for court hearings and oral arguments.  Interns may also have the opportunity to attend court hearings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must indicate the Divisions/Sections/Units for which they would like to be considered on their Statement of Interest.
  • At the time of application, students must submit a writing sample.
Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (SLTCO) participates in public policy making related to long-term care residents.  SLTCO assists with the creation of and provides comments on policies, rules, and regulations proposed by federal and state agencies, and advocates for legislative initiatives with the Georgia General Assembly and with members of Congress.

Externs will research state and federal law related to long-term care; may draft legislation, comments and testimony on legislation, policies, or rules related to long-term care; and will participate with the SLTCO in advocacy including attending meetings with policymakers, stakeholders, and other aging advocates.  Students will also participate in local and national conference calls with federal and other government agencies discussing policy issues related to aging.

Under the supervision of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, externs will advocate at the Capitol in Atlanta during the Georgia General Assembly session, including monitoring committee meetings and committee actions, analyzing legislation, and developing strategies related to legislative proposals including drafting amendments to proposed legislation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second-year and third-year students
  • Elder Law classes helpful

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students should arrange their schedules to complete externship hours Monday through Thursday.

 

Presiding Judge M. Yvette Miller, Georgia Court of Appeals

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Judge Miller under the direct supervision of Judge Miller’s staff attorneys. Students will perform legal research, analysis, and writing. Most students will have an opportunity to attend oral argument and all will gain an understanding of the Georgia appellate process.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A brief writing sample is required at the time of application.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the Court’s oral argument sessions during their externship. Students should check the Court’s upcoming oral argument schedule to ensure ability to attend.

 

Presiding Justice David E. Nahmias, Georgia Supreme Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Justice Nahmias under the direct supervision of his staff attorneys. Externship includes legal research and writing and the opportunity to observe oral argument. Assignment of projects to externs is dependent upon writing and research skills, i.e., grasp of legal issues and ability to weigh and evaluate arguments made by the parties.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Law Review or Moot Court
  • Superior research and writing skills

Preferences:

  • Top twenty percent
  • Third-year students

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at the time of interview.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.
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

 

Project South

SITE DESCRIPTION

Project South will draft legal memoranda, open records requests, Freedom of Information Act requests, demand letters, fact sheets, and human rights reports; help with devising and carrying out Know Your Rights presentations (targeting communities of color, Muslims, and immigrants); and visit imprisoned individuals in Georgia immigration detention centers and prisons to help document the conditions.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A brief letter describing the nature of your interest must be submitted with your resume.

Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Established in 1975 by an Act of the Georgia General Assembly, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council provides operational support and training to Georgia District Attorneys and Solicitors-General to bolster their efforts to build safer communities through the fair and just enforcement of the law.

Students will be assigned a mentor who will insure that the student receives training in the practical application of the law, will provide and document frequent feedback about their performance, and will provide insight into the professional responsibilities of service as a prosecutor. Students may have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings but should not expect to take an active role.

The sections available for extern placement are:

The General Counsel Section:

The General Counsel provides legal advice to members of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council and the Council staff. This includes providing guidance on contracts, employment matters and regulatory issues. The GC serves as the professional responsibility officer for the district attorneys and solicitors-general and provides guidance on ethics and professional responsibility issues faced by prosecutors throughout the state. Additionally, during the annual sessions of the Georgia General Assembly, the GC reviews and monitors legislation that potentially impacts prosecution or the criminal justice system. The GC drafts legislation and amendments to pending legislation as requested by district attorneys, solicitors-general and legislators. Externs assigned to the General Counsel section during the annual General Assembly session (spring semester) should expect to spend the majority of the externship at the General Assembly.

State Prosecution Support Section:

The State Prosecution Support Division researches, analyzes and distributes technical legal information on contemporary appellate issues, new criminal legislation, evidentiary law and procedures, trial strategies, and prosecution tactics. Attorneys in the Division research law, prepare legal memoranda and briefs in support of the State's position in pending appellate litigation; develop and regularly update trial and form manuals for prosecutors at all levels of state prosecution; and provide legal interns to prosecution offices.

Traffic Safety Section:

PAC’s Traffic Safety Resource Program, funded in part by grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), provides Georgia traffic prosecutors with up-to-date resource material and training opportunities designed to prepare them for and assist them with the ongoing effort to curtail impaired driving and traffic fatalities. DUI and Vehicular Homicide cases often present enormous challenges to prosecutors as a result of the technical complexity of the DUI statutes, the sophistication of the scientific issues often involved, and the constantly evolving nuances in expert witness testimony. The goal of the Traffic Safety Resource Program is to enable prosecutors to better prepare themselves and their cases for trial by providing specialized training, legal research, practical resource material, and “real-time” trial support throughout the State.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • The externship will be open to second and third year students.
  • Externs should have an interest in a career in prosecution.

Preferences:

  • Criminal Procedure (Investigation or Adjudication)
  • Evidence
  • Constitutional Law

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Externs must submit to a criminal background check and have no criminal history.
  • A writing sample should be submitted at the time of application.
  • Access to a laptop computer that can be brought to the externship site is required.
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.

 

Southern Center for Human Rights

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR)'s internship program provides students with hands-on training in all areas of capital and civil rights litigation and advocacy. Externs assist staff attorneys in all aspects of our work. Externs should expect to do several of the following tasks while they are at the Center: conduct legal research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs; locate and interview witnesses; visit and interview clients; monitor court proceedings for human rights violations; represent inmates before the Alabama parole board; participate in case strategy sessions; locate, obtain, and organize documents; gather statistical data; read and digest transcripts; assist in conducting inspections of jails and prisons; conduct social science and other research; assist in locating and preparing expert witnesses; research public policy issues and prepare policy reports; and attend depositions, press conferences, court hearings, and arguments. We give our externs a great deal of responsibility, and they have been instrumental in many of our successes. We expect our externs to be committed, to work hard, to have fun, and to learn a great deal. As many of SCHR's clients are in prisons outside of the metropolitan Atlanta area, our externs are often asked to travel with attorneys, investigators, and other interns and externs throughout Georgia and Alabama. SCHR’s small staff size ensures that externs receive regular supervision and support. Upon completion of assignments, externs review their findings with the attorneys and develop follow-up action plans.

The Southern Center for Human Rights is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. SCHR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religious creed, national original, ancestry, disability, or sexual orientation. SCHR encourages applications from minorities, women and other groups that are under-represented in the legal profession.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence

Preferences:

Criminal Procedure

  • Federal Jurisdiction

 

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Southern Environmental Law Center

SITE DESCRIPTION

Externs can expect to do research and writing on issues for litigation or for other environmental advocacy in a substantive area. Depending on the project area, research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and procedural and evidentiary issues. In addition to doing research, clerks also participate in strategy sessions and other aspects of case or project management. Externs may also be involved in meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups. We hold periodic seminars to introduce the clerks to a wide range of environmental issues and projects. Other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip, are regularly held.

 STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Environmental Law and/or Administrative Law
  • Land Use courses
  • Background or demonstrated interest in environmental issues

 


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

At the time of application, include three references and your GPA on your resume and include a one-page summary that briefly explains your interest in the placement as it relates to your professional development goals and highlights relevant coursework and/or experience.

 

State Bar of Georgia, Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Office of the General Counsel of the State Bar of Georgia is responsible for the enforcement of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and investigation and prosecution of disciplinary complaints against attorneys. Students will work in the Office of the General Counsel under the supervision of an attorney. Students will have the opportunity to review grievances, conduct investigations, interview witnesses, prepare and review discovery, assist with preparation for depositions and hearings, and draft pleadings. Students may also perform research and other tasks assigned by the supervising attorney. Students will also have the opportunity to perform assignments for and observe other departments of the State Bar of Georgia (i.e. Law Practice Management, Unauthorized Practice of Law).

Students will be assigned a mentor who will insure that the student receives training in the practical application of the law, will provide and document frequent feedback about their job performance, and will provide insight into the professional obligations that come with being an attorney.

 

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Professional Responsibility
  • Evidence
  • Lawyering: Advocacy (Litigation)

Preferences: None

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.
Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc.

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) was developed in 1991 by former Juvenile Court Judge Glenda Hatchett and Terry Walsh, then President of the Atlanta Bar Association. Its objective is to provide early, positive intervention with children reported as truants. Volunteers work one-on-one with children, as advocates both in and out of the courtroom and as role models to children on the brink of school failure.

Under the direct supervision of TIP’s Staff Attorney, externs will serve as legal counsel on truancy cases and have two major roles:

1) To represent the child as both lawyer and guardian ad litem in truancy proceedings in the Fulton County Juvenile Court; and

2) To be a role model and advocate for the child; to assist the family in identifying and utilizing community resources; to advocate for the child in matters related to school attendance.

After attending the initial TIP training seminar, the extern will spend the first three to four weeks observing court proceedings and assisting with family and client interviews alongside the staff attorney. The extern will then begin to interview clients and other parties to the proceeding as well as present cases before the court.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • Third-year students, but second-year students may apply
  • Eligibility to be sworn in under the Third Year Practice Act, which requires that a student (1) be in good academic standing (at least 2.3 G.P.A.), (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 MUST have Wednesday mornings and/or afternoons available.

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the General Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Regional Office of the Chief Counsel which provides legal services to support the United States Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) activities in the eight (8) southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Regional Office's legal work is divided into program work, which is handled by the Health and Human Resources Branch, and into work affecting the general operations, which is handled by the General Law Branch. Major clients include the Administration on Aging, the Administration for Children and Families, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Civil Rights.

Duties externs may expect to perform include doing research on specific legal issues, preparing legal memoranda, assisting in drafting pleadings, providing assistance in putting together evidence for hearings and trials. When feasible, students will attend meetings with clients and opposing counsel, attend hearings, depositions and other discovery proceedings, attend conference calls and participate in other relevant activities of attorneys in the office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A resume, writing sample, and list of law school courses completed is required at the time of application.

U.S. Department of Labor

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Solicitor's Office is the legal office of the United States Department of Labor representing its various enforcement agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration, and Veterans Employment & Training Services. The Department of Labor has the second largest litigation department in the federal government and has individual litigation authority. The extern program provides students with a unique and exceptional litigation experience in the Atlanta regional office, which covers eight southeastern states. Attorneys in the Atlanta regional office further the Department's mission of protecting American workers' rights by prosecuting employers for violations of numerous federal labor and employment laws, including laws governing employee pension and benefit plans (ERISA), occupational and mine safety and health (OSHA & MSHA), wage issues (FLSA), protections for migrant farm workers (MSPA), rights of military service members (USERRA) Title VII type non-discrimination cases under Executive Order 11246, and numerous whistle blower statutes. In addition, attorneys provide advice and written opinions to our numerous client agencies.

Student externs perform a variety of legal tasks, depending on the office's particular workload at the time of the externship, but are typically exposed to numerous statutes and aspects of litigation. To the extent possible, we will accommodate students with a particular interest in a certain client agency or aspect of litigation. In addition to conducting research and writing memoranda, students are able to evaluate cases, participate in all aspects of discovery, negotiate settlements, prepare for and attend depositions, witness interviews or meetings with client agencies, and attend court hearings or trials. In addition, if their schedule permits, students are encouraged to participate in the office's weekly staff meetings and interact with a wide range of attorneys in the office.

More information about the Solicitor's Office can be found at www.dol.gov/sol. Specific information about the Atlanta office can be found by clicking on the link for "Regional Offices."

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: Administrative Law and Employment Law (can be taken concurrently with placement)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A short writing sample must accompany your resume at the time of application.
  • For summer placements, this site requires students to commit to 40 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks. This hour commitment is in excess of the course requirements. Students applying must agree to this additional hour requirement.

 

U.S. Department of the Interior - Office of the Regional Solicitor

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Department of the Interior is the nation’s principal natural resources management agency. It also has significant responsibilities in American Indian affairs. The Southeast Regional Solicitor’s Office in Atlanta provides legal counsel to Interior agencies and offices in the states located in the southeastern U. S., the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, including in the areas of public land use, Indian treaty and other rights, resource protection policies and park concession contracts, grants and other agreements, Endangered Species Act, water law, oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, coal surface mining regulation, matters pertaining to the U. S. territories, procurement, agreements, administrative law, employment law, ethics, intellectual property, FOIA and Privacy Act, water law, NEPA, Clean Water Act, natural resource damages, CERCLA, OPA, and torts. The office also works closely with the Department of Justice and U. S. Attorneys’ offices on litigation involving the Department.

The Regional Solicitor’s Office is located in the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U. S Courthouse in downtown Atlanta. Externs will be assigned work in the various areas of the regional office’s practice and can expect to draft discovery documents, motions, answers and other pleadings, draft legal memoranda, decisions and opinions, attend meetings with client agencies and agency officials on legal matters pending in the office, attend hearings (administrative and judicial), and attend and participate in witness preparation, negotiations and mediations.

Externs will also be assigned administrative litigation and will be expected to handle all phases of the litigation, including briefing witnesses, pre-hearing conferences and hearings. Externs will work directly with attorneys and their work will be supervised by senior attorneys in the office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:
None

Preferences: Second or third-year students are encouraged to apply

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students must submit a writing sample, transcript, and resume at the time of application.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Regional Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5, where they will address a variety of legal issues presented by Regional Office officials and the CEOs and staff officials of five (5) VA Medical Centers located within Georgia and South Carolina. The primary areas of focus include employment and labor law, medical malpractice, torts, contracts, collections, ethics, and release of information. The attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel litigate cases, evaluate administrative claims, participate in alternative dispute resolution, review proposals, advise clients, and provide training as necessary.

Duties externs can expect to perform include conducting legal research, preparing discovery, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses. When the hearing date arrives, externs have the opportunity to observe the proceedings. Much of the litigation handled by the office entails defending client facilities before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; however, it is not uncommon for VA attorneys to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as cases proceed to federal district court. Additionally, externs will have the opportunity to assist with administrative reviews of tort claims filed by veterans pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. In conducting an administrative review, VA attorneys evaluate submitted claims and supportive documents, pertinent medical records, and other documents to form a recommendation to the Regional Counsel for denial or authorization of settlement of the claim.  Finally, externs are also exposed to a variety of issues related to hospital administration. These issues may include informed consent, disruptive patients, guardianship, release of information, collections, contracts, and statutory interpretation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second and third-year students may apply.
  • Classes in Administrative Law and Employment Law are not required but are beneficial.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.
  • Students should plan to be at the VA on Wednesday mornings to attend staff meetings.
  • Students should allow an additional 15-20 minutes in commute time (to park in the VA's off-site parking lot and ride the shuttle).
U.S. Trustee

SITE DESCRIPTION

The United States Trustee Program is a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 586 and 11 U.S.C. 101, et seq. The Program consists of an Executive Office for United States Trustees in Washington, D.C., as well as 21 regional U.S. Trustee Offices nationwide. The United States Trustee Program acts in the public interest to promote the efficiency and to protect and preserve the integrity of the bankruptcy system. It works to secure the just, speedy, and economical resolution of bankruptcy cases; monitors the conduct of parties and takes action to ensure compliance with applicable laws and procedures; identifies and investigates bankruptcy fraud and abuse; and oversees administrative functions in bankruptcy cases.

Students will work at the Office of the United States Trustee. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop practical lawyering skills by participating in a broad range of activities. Interns review and evaluate case files, analyze and comment on legal documents and financial reports, prepare pleadings, conduct investigations, explore ethical issues, perform legal research, and attend meetings and hearings. Our goal is to provide students with a solid understanding of the role and function of the United States Trustee.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • The Statement of Interest should explain, with particularlity, the student's interest in bankruptcy law and the United States Trustee Program.
  • Eligibility:  Students enrolled at least half-time in law school may participate in volunteer legal internships up to the time of graduation from law school. Law school graduates who are enrolled in graduate law programs (e.g., LL.M. programs) at least half time may also serve as volunteer interns.Security and Suitability Issues: Prior to entry on duty, all interns undergo a suitability determination based on information provided in their security forms, a credit report, and fingerprint check.
  • Drug Testing:  It is the policy of the Department of Justice to achieve a drug-free workplace. Drug testing for volunteer internships may be required at the discretion of the employing office.
  • Citizenship Requirement: Only U.S. citizens are eligible for internships with the U.S. Trustee Program.
  • Residency Requirement:  For a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: (1) resided in the U.S.; (2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or, (3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas.
  • Withdrawal of an Offer:  The Department can withdraw an offer if the suitability inquiry reveals information that precludes a security and/or suitability clearance. Common problems that arise in background investigations that may result in the withdrawal of an offer include a history of unlawful use of drugs, failure to fulfill tax obligations, failure to comply with financial obligations, failure to register with the Selective Service, or misrepresentation on the security forms.
United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia

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. The first semester will serve as a foundation for the activities performed second semester.

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.