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Chief Justice Harold Melton, Georgia Supreme Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Justice Melton performing research, analysis and writing. Students will have the opportunity to study the briefs in cases filed in the Court and to observe oral argument.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Top 50% of class
  • Superior writing and research skills

Preferences: Prefer third-year students but second-year students may also apply

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

City of Atlanta

SITE DESCRIPTION

The City of Atlanta Law Department provides legal services to the City of Atlanta. The Department represents the City in all civil legal matters and provides legal advice to the officers and employees of the municipal corporation and its elected officials.

The Department is organized into four practice groups: Aviation; Government Counsel, Development & Infrastructure; Litigation/Employment; and Commercial Transactions. Each practice group has specific client responsibilities within the wide variety of departments and agencies in city government but are also designed to provide legal services within their specialty when another practice group's client faces an issue that arises in that area of responsibility. The Aviation Practice Group is located at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and, as the name implies, focuses on the legal issues that arise from the representation of a client that manages the world's busiest airport, including construction of new facilities, leasing and property management and FAA regulatory compliance. The Government Counsel, Development & Infrastructure Practice Group is responsible for advising City departments on issues related to infrastructure improvements and economic development and is the primary support for City Council and a liaison with other governmental entities.

The Litigation/Employment Practice Group responds to the civil actions filed against the City, primarily related to cases arising under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, such as excessive force by police officers. The Group also provides advice and handles civil litigation related to employment issues. The Commercial Transactions Group handles the City's business relationships with third parties and the general public in areas such as bond financing, procurement, contracting and land use and zoning. A student extern will be expected to function in the same general capacity as a first-year associate and will be given the option to experience municipal law in a rotation system among the practice groups or specialize with one of the four practice groups.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: All second and third-year applicants but preference for those who have demonstrated their interest in municpal law through relevant course work

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

DeKalb County Public Defender, Pretrial Justice Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

Our office is responsible for representing all indigent people who have been accused of committing juvenile, traffic, misdemeanor and felony crimes in DeKalb County.  Our program is a unique opportunity for law students to integrate what they have learned in law school with the practical application of what it means to be a trial lawyer in a Public Defender’s office. Our externs will work with and support our attorneys and social workers in our Pretrial Justice Division.  Students can expect to work with our staff to zealously represent clients accused of felony offenses on issues regarding pretrial detention.  There will be many opportunities to observe and assist attorneys in court, and also assist our social workers in helping clients with education challenges, mental health illnesses, and poverty related issues such as jobs and housing.  Under the supervision of an attorney, the extern will be responsible for interviewing clients and then representing them at felony first appearance hearings, preliminary hearings and bond hearings.   The extern can expect to have many varied hands-on experience that will involve spending much time in court and with clients.

Prerequisites:

  • Second and third year students may apply.
  • Students must be certified under the Second Year Practice Rule

Preferences: None

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Regional Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the FAA Office of Regional Counsel, Southern Region, where they will address a variety of advisory and litigation legal issues presented by management officials and client offices located in the Regional Office Headquarters in Atlanta, GA as well as officials and divisions located in several surrounding states within the Southern Region and U.S. Caribbean Territories.

The primary areas of focus include employment and labor law, acquisition, real estate, torts, ethics, and release of information. The attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel litigate cases, evaluate administrative claims, participate in alternative dispute resolution, review legal matters including conduct/discipline, ethics, claims under the Federal Tort claims Act, and procurement and real estate matters involving services and property needed to support the FAA’s mission and the National Airspace System, advise clients, and provide training.

Duties externs can expect include working closely with experienced FAA attorneys in carrying out their assigned legal duties. Advisory duties may include legal research of case law, agency policy and procedures, and participating in legal review of matters indicated above. Litigation duties may include conducting legal research, preparing and reviewing discovery, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses. For cases that go to hearing, externs may have the opportunity to observe local proceedings. Much of the litigation handled by the office entails representing management officials before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; however, it is not uncommon for FAA attorneys to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as cases proceed in federal district court.

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.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites: None

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Fulton County Solicitor General

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work in the office of the Fulton County Solicitor under the supervision of an attorney, conducting investigations, interviewing witnesses and complainants, preparing for trial, and appearing in court as student prosecutors in misdemeanor cases. Students may also perform research and other tasks involving appeals assigned to his or her solicitor. Work assignments will vary, but every effort will be made to give each student the opportunity to try several cases in the State Court.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation
  • Evidence
  • 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 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: 
  • Criminal Procedure Adjudication and/or Criminal Procedure Investigation strongly recommended

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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. It is strongly recommended that students arrange their schedules so that they have at least one full day free early in the week.
  • Students who work or have worked for law firms which practice criminal law in the State Court of Fulton County are ineligible to participate in this externship.
Georgia General Assembly House Speaker's Office and Judiciary Committee (or Other Committees)

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will have the opportunity to work in the Office of the Speaker of the House and the Majority Caucus generally or in one of several other House Committees during the annual Legislative Session in the Spring. Students will be supervised by the Speaker's Counsel or the Legal Counsel to the Committee that the student is assigned based on the student's interest and expertise. Possible committees include: Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education, and Insurance.

Externs will receive robust exposure to the legislative process, policy development, and legal analysis. Their responsibilities will include reviewing proposed legislation and advising the Speaker's Counsel or Committee Legal Counsel on policy implications of such legislation as well as provide legal analysis and research regarding the same; attend legislative hearings; provide support to member Representatives; and draft preliminary legislation for submission to the Office of Legislative Counsel where the opportunity arises.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Constitutional Law I

Preferences: 

  • Constitutional Law II
  • State and Local Government
  • Legislation Class
  • Students have an interest in working with advocates and legislators on issues pending before the Georgia General Assembly and in gaining exposure to and experience in analyzing legislation.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Availble spring semester only.

Georgia Hospital Association

SITE DESCRIPTION

GHA is a non-profit trade association made up of member health systems, hospitals, and individuals in administrative and decision-making positions within those institutions. GHA serves approximately 175 hospitals throughout Georgia.

The legal department assists member hospitals with finding answers to complicated regulatory questions, participates in meetings with various state agencies which regulate hospitals, drafts and reviews legislation that may affect hospitals, and advises GHA on daily legal issues that may arise in running the association.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Second or third-year student strongly interested in health-related law

Preferences:

  • Healthcare background or experience
  • Part-time students are encouraged to apply
 

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year students
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Patent
  • First Amendment
  • Entertainment Law
 ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  • The Statement of Interest should describe the nature of the student's interest in entertainment and/or intellectual property law.
  • Students must be available to attend a mandatory orientation session before beginning their externship.
Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Appellate Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at the time of application.
GreenLaw

SITE DESCRIPTION

GreenLaw is dedicated to preventing air and water pollution that endangers human health and degrades Georgia's natural resources. GreenLaw achieves these goals by providing free high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia. By providing these critical services, GreenLaw succeeds in compelling government and industry to take the steps necessary to protect Georgia's citizens and the environment. In all its work, GreenLaw champions the belief that every Georgian, young and old, rich and poor, has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, live in healthy communities, and enjoy our state's natural beauty.

Students will work at GreenLaw under the supervision of the Executive Director or one of the staff attorneys, depending on the student's interest area. GreenLaw has three program areas: Clean Air, Clean Water, and Environmental Justice. More information about GreenLaw can be found at www.green-law.org

Extern's assignments may include assisting with preparation and attending trials, hearings and oral arguments, legal research, preparation of memorandums, drafting pleadings and briefs, factual investigation, document review, and attending settlement negotiations, public hearings and other meetings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Administrative Law or Environmental Law

Preferences:

  • Third-year students, but second-year students are also strongly encouraged to apply
  • Students with experience working independently
 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample and three references must accompany resume.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Large and Mid-Sized Business (LMSB) Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Office of Chief Counsel represents the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States Tax Court, provides legal opinions and advice in a wide range of matters arising under the Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.), and makes formal recommendations to the Department of Justice concerning suits filed by and against the IRS. The externship permits law students to work for the Office under the supervision of experienced tax attorneys, which serves not only to prepare externs for a career in the field of tax law, but also provides an excellent view of what the practice of law is like at the Office of Chief Counsel.

The Special Trial Attorneys of the Large and Mid-Sized Business (LMSB) Division conduct litigation practice before U.S. Tax Court and provide legal advice on the most complex and difficult tax matters assigned to the LMSB Division, an industry-focused organization with an emphasis on global tax administration for corporations and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million. LMSB attorneys (whom the extern may be required to assist at times) are routinely involved in non-docketed cases in which litigation is anticipated and advise LMSB examining revenue agents on technical issues, along with additional responsibilities which include handling litigation in the U.S. Tax Court and working with the Department of Justice on refund, bankruptcy, or summons enforcement issues.

The principal objectives of the externship include practical experience related primarily to corporate and partnership tax law; development of research, writing, and drafting skills; and preparation of pleadings, discovery documents, stipulations of fact, and trial memoranda used in Tax Court cases. Assignments related to civil tax matters may further include legal research concerning evidentiary issues anticipated at trial, exhibit preparation, drafting responses to discovery, reviewing and analyzing documents produced during litigation, interviewing witnesses, drafting deposition outlines, assisting in the deposition preparation of witnesses, attending depositions and attending trial (to the extent scheduled and/or permitted).

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Federal Tax of Corporations
  • Third-year students only

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
 

Student must be a U.S. Citizen.

Judge Frank M. Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Judge Hull under the direct supervision of Judge Hull. The extern will perform legal research and analysis, prepare bench memoranda and draft opinions for pending appeals and will have the opportunity to observe oral arguments and a circuit court mediation. The externship will provide valuable experience to students who plan to practice in federal court or who have a particular interest in legal research and writing. Although the externship will provide beneficial insights for students considering whether to pursue a federal clerkship after graduation, externs will not be considered for law clerk positions with Judge Hull.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Academic standing in top 15%
  • Only third-year students
  • Superior research skills and writing skills

Preferences: Law Review membership

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample is required at the time of interview.

Judge Gail S. Tusan, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students must have excellent analysis, research, and communication skills, and the ability to work well with others.  Students can expect a range of assignments and issues that may encompass a wide-range of areas of law along with the practical experience of filing documents with the Clerk’s office, review pleadings, and the Court’s docket to ensure proper resolution of cases.

Students will research the law, make bench memoranda, make written recommendations to resolve pending motions, and draft orders for the Judge’s and the Staff Attorney’s review.  Furthermore, students will be able to observe various court proceedings, including, trials, hearings, and conferences.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Judge James R. Sacca, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Externs will work with Judge Sacca and his law clerks observing bankruptcy-related hearings and trials, performing legal research, discussing case resolution, and drafting orders and opinions.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Basic Bankruptcy coursework (either previous or concurrent)
  • Interest in bankruptcy law
  • Top 1/3 of class

Preferences:

  • Security Interests & Liens coursework (either previous or concurrent)
  • Real Estate coursework (either previous or concurrent)
  • Law Review and/or Moot Court
  • Rising and current third-year students are preferred, but second-year students will also be considered.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Spring and Fall Semesters:  Externs will be asked to commit to 10-15 hours per week, preferably on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for maximum courtroom observation time.
  • Summer Semester:  Externs will be asked to commit to 30-40 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.
  • Acceptance into this externship may involve a complete FBI background investigation.
Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

This externship focuses on the practice of civil and criminal law in the Superior Court of Fulton County. Students will review case files designated for dispositions by motion and/or trial. Students will research and make written recommendations regarding resolution of all outstanding motions filed before trial. During trial, students will assist the Judge in Court with evidentiary rulings required in the case. In addition, student will be doing legal research, analysis and writing, preparing bench memoranda, and participating in all aspects of the work of a judicial law clerk.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Computer literacy

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Justice Nels S.D. Peterson, Georgia Supreme Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Justice Peterson 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 research and writing skills.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Demonstrated academic excellence; Superior writing and research skills

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample must be provided at the time of interview.
Justice Robert Benham, Georgia Supreme Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Justice Benham under the direct supervision of Justice Benham's law assistants. Students will research and write on issues appearing in cases pending before the Supreme Court. Students are encouraged to attend the Court's oral argument sessions during their externships.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Strong research and writing skills

Preferences: Second and third-year students

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Office of the Democratic Leader

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Office of the Senate Democratic Leader is the central legislative resource for the Democratic Caucus, and serves as the focal point for legislative strategy, press relations, and policy development. Students serving as Deputy Counsel work closely with the Deputy Chief of Staff to provide legal assistance to legislators by analyzing proposed legislation, tracking bills through the committee process, drafting legislation and amendments, researching policy and legal issues, and providing interpretive assistance to non-lawyer legislators. Students in the position pay special attention to the Committee on Rules, which sets the agenda for the following day. Students will work with lawmakers in both the House and Senate, and are encouraged to find and involve themselves in policies of personal interest as related legislation moves through the legislative process.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Available spring semester only.

Senate Research Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

Created in 1975, the Senate Research Office (SRO) is a nonpartisan office which serves all Senators and the Lieutenant Governor, on a confidential basis, by providing quality, specialized, objective information and policy analysis. The SRO responds to research and information requests from Senators on potential and pending legislation, as well as other significant policy issues that affect the state. SRO analysts also provide research assistance for all Senate and Joint interim committees, including study committees, commissions, and task forces.

During Legislative Sessions, SRO prepares analyses of all the bills that pass through the General Assembly, attends all meetings of standing committees, completes committee reports of the meetings, and provides any additional assistance needed by the committee. During the legislative interim, SRO:

  • Attends meetings and conferences conducted by boards, commissions, gubernatorial task forces, state agencies, and any other governmental entity that may be relevant to the legislature.
  • Staffs study and subcommittees, which includes preparing a report of a study committee or subcommittee that includes any findings, recommendations, or legislative proposals;
  • Produces At Issue publications periodically during the interim that focus on major legislative issues, summarize other states' actions regarding the issues, and describe relevant bills submitted by Senate and House members; and
  • Publishes an Upcoming Issues document in the fall which is a report of selected issues that will likely be addressed in the upcoming Legislative Session.

During the summer and fall semesters, students will assist SRO policy analysts in research requests, contribute to the interim At Issue newsletter publication, and assist in staffing study committees. During the legislative session, students will attend committee meetings, prepare bill analyses, and provide other research as needed.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • Legislation Class strongly recommended.
  • Students should have an interest in working with advocates and legislators on issues pending before the Georgia General Assembly and in gaining exposure to and experience in analyzing legislation.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

None