Experiential Learning, Clinics, & Externships Courses

Qualifying course offerings can change from semester to semester. For a complete list for the current academic year, check the student handbook or contact the Law School Registrar.


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  • Corporate Counsel Externship , JURI: 5968S, 5969E , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    This course explores the practice of law from the perspective of an in-house counsel. Students will spend 1-2 days each week in a corporate legal department where they will have work assignments and experience firsthand the inner workings of a legal department. A 2-hour seminar each week will supplement the on-site work with discussions about relevant substantive topics and opportunities to build skills through drafting projects and simulations. In lieu of a final exam, students will prepare an appraisal with critical reflections about their externship and an oral presentation.

  • Criminal Defense Practicum I , JURI: 5170S , Credit Hours: 3
    This course offers students an eye-witness, hands-on experience with the criminal justice system from the perspective of a public defender office. Students work with the eighteen attorneys in the Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office in Athens (a five minute walk from the Law School). Students assist with the entire range of legal representation of indigent clientsinterviewing clients, interviewing witnesses, conducting other aspects of factual investigation, drafting motions, negotiating pleas, and assisting with trials, drafting appellate briefs. This course is a pre-requisite to Criminal Defense Practicum II, in which students, supervised by a licensed attorney, can represent clients in all manner of court proceedings including jury trials. There are no pre-requisites for this course. Also, on the first Saturday of the semester and other times by arrangement, new students enrolled in Criminal Defense Clinic I participate in an orientation session. Please make sure you are available on the first Saturday of the semester if you enroll in CDP I.  

  • Criminal Defense Practicum II , JURI: 4500S, 4501L , Credit Hours: 4-6
    This course is open only to students who have taken at least one semester of Criminal Defense Practicum I. Students in this course continue to work with individual attorneys in the Western Circuit Public Defender Office in Athens.  Placement in other PD offices in Georgia are available in the summer only. The Criminal Defense Practicum offers an immersion in the criminal justice system from the perspective of a public defender office. Attorneys in the PD office are full-time criminal defense lawyers and therefore are specialists. All of their work concentrates on criminal defense.  Students assist with all aspects of the representation, and under Georgia’s Student Practice Rule students handle preliminary hearings, bond hearings, pre-trial motion hearings such as motions to suppress, trials, pleas, sentencings and probation revocation hearings, and assist with all of the factual and legal investigation which is necessary to effective legal representation. There are no  pre-requisites other than Criminal Defense Clinic I, but Evidence and Criminal Procedure I are very strongly recommended, and a Trial Practice course or Mock Trial experience may be helpful. (4500 is the graded portion of the course, and 4501L is the pass/fail portion. Register for both when registering for this course.)   

  • D.C. Externship Clinic , JURI: 5973S, 5974S , Credit Hours: 10 (5 hours graded and 5 hours pass/fail)
    This course is a ten-credit course: two credits in a weekly two-hour seminar and eight credits earned at an assigned full-time placement.

  • Economic Opportunity Clinic , JURI: 5961S, 5962S , Credit Hours: 3 (1.5 hours graded and 1.5 hours pass/fail)
    Opportunities for the poor to advance economically are impeded or enhance in a variety of micro and macro ways - the way the poor are excluded from mainstream financial products to the accessibility of public transportation, to name a few. The Economic Opportunity Clinic provides support to organizations that are working to remove impediments and facilitate access to economic opportunity for the poor.  Students will work on a variety of projects -including policy, advocacy, white papers, and community engagement - a that cross legal disciplines and draw on expertise well outside the law.  Students should be comfortable with ambiguity and working on projects that may change as they progress. Lawyers are often called on to fix problems that do not fit neatly into a particular legal field because lawyers can be good problem solvers.  The Economic Opportunity Clinic will explicitly explore the process that lawyers use to solve problems within and outside legal contexts.  Students will leave with confidence that they can solve problems in non-profits, business, management and other areas of professional and personal life. Register for both 5961S (graded portion) and 5962S (pass/fail portion). Learn how to apply on the clinic webpage.

  • Environmental Law Practicum , JURI: 5289S , Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced research in legal control of environmental problems identified by watershed stakeholders/clients, with primary attention given to water and biodiversity issues.  There are no prerequisites, but Environmental Law or Natural Resource Law is recommended.

  • Family Justice Clinic , JURI: 5140S, 5141L , Credit Hours: 4 - 6
    Superior Court civil litigation clinic representing lower income victims of domestic abuse in obtaining protective orders. Students work as lay advocates and student practitioners to provide direct service to clients including screening and referral, interviewing, counseling, pleading and case preparation, negotiation, and advocacy at final hearings under the Student Practice Act. Class discussion centers on readings in texts and statutes relating to family violence, as well as on theory and practice of lawyering in a litigation/negotiation context. (See description of JURI 4500S for clinic grading policy.) Register for both 5140S (graded portion) and 5141L (pass/fail portion).

  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Practicum , JURI: 5290 , Credit Hours: 4
    Advanced research in legal control of environmental problems, with primary attention given to water and biodiversity issues. Law students work with graduate students from other disciplines including ecology, forestry, agriculture and environmental design, to address problems identified by watershed stakeholders.

  • Mediation Practicum I , JURI: 5975 , Credit Hours: 3
    The course consists of in-class, simulation-based training, including interactive training on the mediation process, the role and competencies of the mediator, ethical and regulatory rules governing mediation and a series of specific topics of mediation practice. It also includes an introduction to small claims court and to the primary legal issues that students will encounter in practice. This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution ("GODR") for the training of court-certified mediators.

  • Mediation Practicum II , JURI: 5976S , Credit Hours: 3
    This clinical course includes four primary components: 1) solo mediation of selected cases in the Clarke County Magistrate Court, 2) weekly two-hour class sessions which will combine in-depth assessments of completed cases and integrated discussions of readings in mediation theory and practice, 3) advanced readings on mediation and dispute resolution theory, and 4) regular periodic reflective writing in the form of two journals and a learning appraisal. Students will meet individually with the clinical supervisor for individual feedback and evaluation.

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