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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  • Practicum in Animal Welfare Skills , JURI: 5278S, 5279S , Credit Hours: 4-6
    This is a practicum in which students will learn to identify, investigate, and prosecute animal welfare crimes and ordinance violations. In some semesters, it may include drafting ordinances and state laws, providing an analysis of laws presented for adoption by others, and other related tasks. In academic years in which Boot Camp in Animal Welfare Skills is taught, it must be taken in advance of this practicum or concurrently. Register for both 5278S (graded portion) and 5279S (pass/fail portion).

  • Prosecution I , JURI: 5150S , Credit Hours: 2
    This course teaches how the 4th and 5th Amendments guide and limit law enforcement officers when they search or seize citizens and when they conduct pre-arrest interviews or post-arrest (custodial) interrogations. Students will also learn practical skills including how to conduct a motion to suppress hearing and a Jackson-Denno hearing.

  • Prosecution II , JURI: 5160S, 5161L , Credit Hours: 3 - 6
    Fall Semester. This course teaches the procedural steps involved in the prosecution of a criminal case following a suspect’s arrest.  Students will learn how to evaluate cases and how to wisely exercise “prosecutorial discretion.” Students will also learn practical skills including how to conduct preliminary hearings, grand jury proceedings, and arraignments.

  • Prosecution III , JURI: 5165S, 5166S , Credit Hours: 3 - 6
    Spring Semester. This course teaches the procedural steps involved in the prosecution of a criminal case following a defendant’s not-guilty plea.  Students will learn about jury trials and jury selection. Students will also learn about the search warrant requirement and its “well-recognized exceptions,” identification of suspects, Confrontation Clause, and Right to Counsel.

  • Public Interest Practicum , JURI: 5690S , Credit Hours: 3
    Designed to teach students to discover what peoples' needs are, to be able as lawyers to summon community's resources for meeting those needs, and to determine what lawyers can do to insure the community's services are in place and functioning. Students will be required to work with both service institutions and individuals who are the clients of those institutions. They will be assigned to cases and graded on their success in solving the problems raised.

  • Summer Externship , JURI: 5965E, 5966L , Credit Hours: 2 - 4
    The Summer Externship supports students working in governmental, judicial and private non-profit placements through a focused program of reading, reflection and professional development. Students gain direct exposure to the skills and methods of legal practice, focused application of legal concepts to real conflicts, and reflective appraisal of their own skills and abilities. each student engages in an ongoing conversation with the clinic supervisor through journals and interviews; together with readings, this contact expands and deepens the practical and jurisprudential learning gains in the field. Register for both 5965E (graded portion) and 5966L (pass/fail portion).

  • Veterans Legal Clinic , JURI: 5977S, 5978S , Credit Hours: 4-6
    The Veterans Legal Clinic will offer students the chance to help veterans, to learn about veterans’ needs and experiences, and to learn about advocacy in administrative and judicial forums. The Veteran’s Clinic will represent veterans and their dependents in claims for VA and other governmental benefits. The Clinic will serve a 15 county region surrounding Athens. Students will interview and advise clients, advocate for them before the VA and other agencies, and engage in public outreach. Students will also work in collaboration with other related professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and other providers who work with veterans. A weekly seminar will teach the law related to the practice, will offer perspectives on the experience of veterans, and will include regular assessment of ongoing cases. Students can earn between 4 – 6 credits depending on the hours they work.