Externships listings

Externship Type: Judicial

Externship SitePractice AreaDetails
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.
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.

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

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

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences:

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Judge 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 Jane C. Barwick, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students must undergo a background check.

Judge Kimberly A. Childs, Cobb County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Computer proficiency

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences:

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Basic Bankruptcy coursework

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences:

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard, Georgia Court of Appeals

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Top academic credentials
  • Superior research and writing skills

Preferences:

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Judge Ural D. Glanville, Fulton County Superior Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Excellent analysis, research and communication skills

Preferences:

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

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample is required at the time of application.

 

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

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Interest in bankruptcy law

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

 

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

Presiding Judge M. Yvette Miller, Georgia Court of Appeals

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

 

Presiding Justice David E. Nahmias, Georgia Supreme Court

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

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

Preferences:

  • Top twenty percent
  • Third-year students

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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