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Students electing to participate in the Atlanta Semester in Practice program work full-time in placements that include: the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Attorney General, the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia House and Senate, as well as many other governmental, nonprofit and corporate locations.

Atlanta Semester in Practice & Civil Externship

Georgia Law Atlanta Semester in Practice and Civil Externship
Full-time and Part-time Courses

Georgia Law’s two civil externship courses offer credit for work in selected governmental, judicial, or private nonprofit law offices in Athens and in Atlanta. You work in an outside law practice, while taking a clinic seminar once a week. In the Atlanta Semester in Practice course, you work 33 hours per week and typically take other classes in Atlanta. In the Civil Externship course, you work between 10-20 hours per week in Athens or Atlanta, and typically take classes in Athens. Students in either course can take classes in either Atlanta or Athens.

The Corporate Counsel Externship also offers full-time placements. Find out more on the Corporate Counsel Externship webpage.

The Atlanta Semester in Practice and Civil Externship courses have four main goals:

  • working on real problems under the supervision of skilled attorneys;
  • developing your abilities as a lawyer;
  • strengthening your understanding of the kind of law you want to practice;
  • forming relationships with attorneys in an area that interests you, thus helping to develop a network and career in that area.

The courses accomplish these goals through your work at your site, readings and a weekly seminar, and regular reflection on experience at your placement.

            Both courses offer placements suited to any student, regardless of class rank or practice interest. Only a handful have academic prerequisites; the vast majority are open to students with an interest in their practice area. In fact, neither course has have ever filled the available placements. Each semester, a majority of placements go unclaimed. Students in every corner of the law school will find placements eager to accept them for a semester. In addition, we can help guide you toward appropriate placements.

            Most of our Atlanta-based placements also accept students on either a full-time or a part-time basis. You do not need to work full-time to work at an Atlanta placement, although we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities that full-time work provides. 

            Both courses connect you with important legal communities, especially in Atlanta. In the Atlanta Semester in Practice course, you can earn a full semester’s worth of credits while living in the Atlanta metro region and forging professional relationships in an important market for Georgia Law graduates. You do the same in the Civil Externship course, while remaining directly connected to the life of the law school.

            If you have any questions about either of these courses, contact:

Alexander Scherr                                Hillel Levin
scherr@uga.edu                                  hlevin@uga.edu
Both courses                                       Atlanta Semester in Practice

Atlanta Semester in Practice Course

The Atlanta Semester in Practice course is a full-time externship. Students work 30 hours per week at governmental, judicial, or private nonprofit placements. Students take a weekly two-hour clinic seminar, with readings and three reflective assignments. The course requirements include the following:

  • Students must apply for and receive an offer from one of the placements who have agreed to take students for full-time work.
  • If accepted, students enroll in the 10 credit Atlanta Semester in Practice Course. Students also enroll in any of the Georgia Law in Atlanta courses for the upcoming semester and other courses that do not require a presence in Athens.
  • Students begin work as early as the Monday of the first week of classes and work 30 hours per week for 14 weeks, ending on the last day of law school classes.
  • Students take 2 or 3 classes each week, including the clinic seminar and other non-clinical classes. The clinic seminar occurs in the evening.

Civil Externship Course

The Civil Externship course is part-time externship. Students work 10, 15, or 20 hours per week at a governmental, judicial, or private non-profit placement. Students take a weekly two-hour clinic seminar, with readings and three reflective assignments. The course requirements include the following:

  • Students must apply for and receive an offer from one of the placements who have agreed to take students for part-time work.
  • If accepted, students enroll in the 4-6 credit Civil Externship course. Students working in Atlanta can also enroll in either one of the Georgia Law in Atlanta courses for the upcoming semester.
  • Students begin work as early as the Monday of the first week of classes. Students work 10, 15, or 20 hours per week for 4, 5, or 6 credits respectively. Students work for fourteen weeks, ending on the last day of law school classes.
  • Students take other classes in Athens or Atlanta, including the clinic seminar and other non-clinical courses.