Externships listings

Externship Type: State/Local Government

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

 

 

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

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 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

 

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.

 

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 Department of Public Health

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

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

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:  None

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Georgia 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 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 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.
Georgia State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Compliance Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Georgia State University Office of Technology Licensing and Commercialization

The vast majority of innovations that are eligible for intellectual protection (patents, copyrights, trademarks) created by employees of GSU are owned by GSU. GSU’s Office of Technology Licensing & Commercialization receives disclosures of such innovations and is responsible for evaluating them and, when appropriate, pursuing protection and eventual commercialization of such innovations. These activities assure compliance with requirements of federal funding sources. More importantly, effective development and commercialization of GSU innovations enables the public to benefit from them, promotes economic development and may generate meaningful revenue that may be used to fund more high value research activities at GSU. The path from a newly disclosed innovation to the market requires the exercise of legal, technical and business skills. An extern in the office will have ample opportunity to be exposed to and to cultivate legal skills relating to IP protection and licensing. Perhaps more importantly, the extern will get insight into how these skills may be put to use to improve lives, the economy and to promote cutting edge research.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Interest in understanding the commercialization of academic/university developed innovations.
  • Enjoys being exposed to natural sciences, technology.
  • May read Discover Magazine.

Preferences: Undergraduate or graduate courses in natural sciences, coding or engineering.

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

 

Office of the Attorney General, State of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

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

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

Regulated Industries and Professions Division

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

Commercial Transactions and Litigation Division

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

Criminal Justice Division

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

General Litigation Division

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

Government Services and Employment Division

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

Special Prosecutions Section

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

Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

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

Consumer Protection Unit

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

Solicitor General's Office

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

SITE DESCRIPTION

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

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

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

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

 

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.
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

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