Externships listings

Externship Semester: Summer

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) - 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.
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.

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.

 

Environmental Protection Agency

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Environmental Accountability Division under the supervision of Senior Associate Regional Counsels and other staff attorneys. EPA is authorized to implement several environmental statutes including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund and other statutes regulating toxics, pesticides, oil spills and ocean dumping. In addition to taking enforcement actions pursuant to these statues, EPA oversees delegated state programs, issues permits and works closely with other federal agencies.

Extern's assignments may include assisting with the development of civil and administrative cases, legal research, preparation of memoranda, reviewing pleadings including complaints, answers and motions, attending settlement negotiations and other meetings, and attending hearings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None, although Administrative Law and Environmental Law are helpful.

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A brief writing sample should accompany the student's resume at the time of application.
  • Students participating in this externship should plan to work at the EPA on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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 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 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 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 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 Jill A. Pryor, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for Judge Pryor under the direct supervision of her career law clerk. The extern will perform legal research and analysis and will have the opportunity to observe oral arguments. 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.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Demonstrated academic success.
  • Superior research and writing skills.
  • The summer position is open to rising 2Ls only.
  • The fall position is open to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • A writing sample is required at time of interview.
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 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 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.

 

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

 

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.
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

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 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.