University of Georgia School of Law students enjoy practical global practice experience year-round, through the Global Externship At-Home, or GEA, and the Global Externship Overseas, or GEO.
Global Externships At-Home
GEAs – placements within the United States, in legal departments, government offices, and nongovernmental organizations – occur within the framework of the law school’s academic-year and summer externships. Available placements may include:
- Through our Atlanta Semester in Practice, the Carter Center, Access to Law, and the Federal Trade Comission
- Through our D.C. Semester in Practice, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of International Affairs, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation
- Through our Corporate Counsel Externships, the legal departments of top corporations like Coca-Cola and nongovernmental organizations like CARE International
Global Externship Overseas
The law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center coordinates GEOs – four-to-twelve-week summer Global Extern placements in a variety of law-office settings around the world. Over the last fifteen years, more than 200 Georgia Law students have taken part in these GEOs, working with attorney supervisors and local staff. They return to Athens with new colleagues and mentors, with law-practice skills, and with deeper appreciation of the global legal profession.
Students secure placements tailored to their career goals with the aid of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, which each year develops potential sites to which students may apply. Recent placements include:
- Law firms like DLA Piper in Russia, GÖRG in Germany, Priti Suri & Associates in India, Siqueira Castro Advogadoes in Brazil, and King & Wood Mallesons in China
- Government agencies like the Cambodia Ministry of Arts & Antiquities and the Guyana Office of the Attorney General
- Corporate legal departments like the Clorox Company in Argentina
- Intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in France and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Italy
- Nongovernmental organizations like Natural Justice in South Africa and Malaysia, the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Belgium, Tamkeen Fields for Aid in Jordan, and the Human Rights League in Slovakia
Assisted by the Dean Rusk International Law Center, many University of Georgia School of Law students receive stipends from the law school, while others secure external funding. Many split their summers, often combining a GEO with the Georgia Law-Leuven Centre School of Global Governance.