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Governmental & Legislative Placements

Governmental Placements

 

Georgia Governor: Office of Executive Counsel                                                                Atlanta

The Office of Executive Counsel for the Georgia Governor advises the Governor on legal matters, including pending legislation, inter-governmental relations, and a wide range of public initiatives. Students work directly with the Executive Counsel and have regular contact with senior administrators in the Governor’s office.

            Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Attorney General                                                                                                    Atlanta

The Georgia Attorney General’s office handles a wide range of legal work on behalf of the government of the State of Georgia. Students will work in one of six divisions: Regulated Industries and Professions; Commercial Transactions and Litigation; Criminal Justice; General Litigation; Government Services and Employment; and Special Prosecutions. Practice areas include litigation in both judicial and administrative forums, and transactional work. Student work includes research, writing, investigation, negotiation and, as appropriate, practice under the relevant student practice rules. Students may express a preference for their area of interest. For further information, see:

http://www.georgia.gov/00/channel_title/0,2094,87670814_88307197,00.html

After screening, students must also apply at law.ga.gov.

Full-time or part-time

 

Administrative Office of the Courts                                                                                     Atlanta

Located in Atlanta, the Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia (AOC) is accepting application from students interested in government or public interest law.  Externs help to prepare contracts, primarily in the area of technology, and engage in legal research and writing on issues affecting Georgia courts and the departments of the AOC.  Opportunities for the other types of work experience may also be possible during the externship period.  Background knowledge of technology and experience with contracts are helpful but not required.

Criteria: Site supervisor selects.

Part-time only

 

Athens / Clarke County Attorney                                                                                         Athens

The County Attorney=s office engages in a diverse and interesting range of practice in advising the City and County. The Office advises the mayor and county commissioners and a range of different county-wide commissions. In addition, the Office works on personnel complaints, defends county government in lawsuits, drafts ordinances, prepares legal and policy recommendations and engages in an active litigation practice on county based issues. This placement represents an ideal forum in which students can gain exposure to the practical realities of municipal law and local government.             

Criteria: Clinic director and site supervisor select.

            Part-time only

 

Students will divide their time between the Office of General Counsel and the Public Health Law Program. CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people. Students working in the Office of General Counsel engage in legal activities in support of the CDC's mission.

In the Public Health Law Program (PHLP), students work to advance the use of law as a public health tool. PHLP provides services and resources such as technical assistance, publications, and workforce development to CDC programs and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. The program features: work experience on one or more core projects with mentorship from a CDC PHLP staff attorney; exposure to a complex, government work environment and a team of public health lawyers with diverse expertise; involvement in work projects that impact the mission of PHLP and CDC; opportunities to co-author published articles and other materials; communication and mentorship with a dedicated preceptor throughout the externship experience; active participation in weekly PHLP staff meetings; and opportunities to showcase experiences in an end of externship presentation.

Criteria: Preference for 3L’s; demonstrated interest in public health law and healthcare law, as well as governmental and municipal law.

            Full-time only

 

Center for Disease Control, General Counsel                                                                    Atlanta

CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people. Students working at the CDC engage in legal activities in support of the CDC's mission. Preference for 3L's.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

            Part-time only

 

CDC Public Health Law Program                                                                                       Atlanta

In the Public Health Law Program (PHLP), students work to advance the use of law as a public health tool. PHLP provides services and resources such as technical assistance, publications, and workforce development to CDC programs and state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments. The program features: work experience on one or more core projects with mentorship from a CDC PHLP staff attorney; exposure to a complex, government work environment and a team of public health lawyers with diverse expertise; involvement in work projects that impact the mission of PHLP and CDC; opportunities to co-author published articles and other materials; communication and mentorship with a dedicated preceptor throughout the externship experience; active participation in weekly PHLP staff meetings; and opportunities to showcase experiences in an end of externship presentation.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

            Part-time only

 

City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability                                                                               Atlanta

The Office of Sustainability offers an excellent opportunity for a student interested in environmental work, specifically solar energy. Among the initiatives on which a student might are: deploying the City's first-ever solar program; urban agriculture; zoning for micro-housing units; hazardous and brownfields sites, including site remediation issues; and electric vehicle programs. Students would gain experience in research relating to urban planning and in drafting amendments to the city code, procurement contracts, and related documents.

            Part-time only

 

DFCS (Child Welfare Internship)                                                                                       Atlanta

The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families. The Programs and Policy Unit develops and implements statewide policies for all areas related to child welfare. Students will research, review and draft statewide policy /legislation; participate in child welfare policy meetings; draft agency agreements; and help to monitor compliance with relevant law.

Criteria:          Clinic director and site supervisor select.

Part-time only

 

EEOC - Hearings Officer: Judge Layton                                                                            Atlanta

EEOC Administrative Judge Layton hears and decides cases involving a variety of claims, with specific stress on employee claims against governmental agencies. Students work directly with Judge Layton in preparing cases for hearing and decision, including file review, fact organization and development and legal research.

            Full-time or part-time

           

Environmental Protection Agency                                                                                       Atlanta

Students work in an organized externship program within the primary federal regulatory and enforcement agency on environmental issues. The placement offers an excellent opportunity to learn about environmental issues from the governmental standpoint, and to understand the full mechanics of environmental regulation, from drafting to enforcement.

Criteria: writing sample of 10 pages or less.

Full-time or part-time

 

Federal Trade Commission                                                                                                  Atlanta

Students work in a federal agency charged with enforcing a range of federal statutes regarding trade and consumer protection. Students engage in legal research and writing, case development, investigation and case assessment.

Criteria: transcript; writing sample of 10 pages or less.

Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Department of Administrative Services                                                                  Atlanta

The Legal Services Division of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) supports five primary business services that the agency provides to State of Georgia entities: State Purchasing, including statewide contracting and bidding processes; Risk Management, including workers compensation, liability, property, and unemployment compensation; Human Resources Administration, including advice on personnel policies and practices; Fleet Management, including guidance on all aspects of state vehicles; and Surplus Property, including the disposition of surplus state assets. This extraordinarily diverse practice covers both transactional and dispute resolution work in the governmental context.

Law students at DOAS will gain experience in a number of practice areas including contract law (negotiation and drafting), litigation/insurance defense, administrative law and employment law.  In addition, students who are placed during the spring semester may assist with legislative analysis.

Criteria: Students who apply should be in the top 1/3 of their class and will be asked to submit a transcript and a writing sample.  

Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Secretary of State's Office                                                                                     Atlanta

The office regulates securities, manages corporate filings, oversees 450,000 professional licensees including healthcare professionals, and operates the state elections division. The externship experience is flexible and can be tailored to fit a student's interest in any of these fields which include healthcare regulation, business/corporate law, securities enforcement, government practice, and election law. The extern will work daily with the Assistant Deputy Secretary of State, General Counsel, and Deputy General Counsel. Third year applicants are preferred. Preferred coursework also includes at least one course in corporations, constitutional law, secured transactions, health law, state and local government, election law, immigration law, or nonprofits, although these are not required.

Criteria: Site supervisor selects.

            Part-time only

 

Gwinnett County Attorney                                                                                         Lawrenceville

The County Attorney's office engages in a diverse and interesting range of practice in advising the County. The Office advises the county commissioners and a range of different county-wide commissions. In addition, the Office works on personnel complaints, defends county government in lawsuits, drafts ordinances, prepares legal and policy recommendations and engages in an active litigation practice on county based issues. This placement represents an ideal forum in which students can gain exposure to the practical realities of municipal law and local government.               

Criteria: Site supervisor selects.

            Part-time only

 

Internal Revenue Service                                                                                                     Atlanta

Students work the Office of General Counsel for the IRS, on litigation relating to personal, small business, and self-employed taxpayers. This office litigates in the U.S. Tax Court in Atlanta, a court which hears cases from a large portion of the Southeast and which hears cases primarily during the academic year. Opportunities exist for student practice under federal and tax court student practice rules.

Criteria: top 1/3 of class; Basic Income Tax.

            Full-time or part-time

 

Securities and Exchange Commission                                                                                Atlanta

The Atlanta Office of the S.E.C. offers students the opportunity to work in monitoring and enforcing compliance with the federal securities laws. Students will engage in a wide range of different activities, from research and writing, to preparation of case plans and files, to observation of negotiation, litigation and other work.

Criteria: students must also apply for the Spring 2017 Student Honors Program:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446948200 before they receive an interview.

Full-time only

 

United States Department of Labor: Solicitor’s Office                                                       Atlanta

The United States Department of Labor handles labor relations issues for the United States government. Students gain exposure to the full range of federal regulatory activities, and participate actively in researching and developing cases for merit evaluation and further action.

            Full-time or part-time

 

United States Department of Veteran's Affairs                                                                   Atlanta

Students work in the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Atlanta. Work includes research on a wide range of issues relating to the operations of the Veteran’s Administration, as well as on legal issues of relevance to veterans nationwide.

            Full-time or part-time

 

The Civil Division of United States Attorney’s office allows third-year students to work as interns for two semesters in an organized program of litigation support and third year practice. Students are assigned to a particular component of the office, and practice under the supervision of an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Note: a federal security check is required.

Criteria: 3L’s only; Evidence and Trial Practice preferred.

Full-time only

 

U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee                                                                                                      Atlanta

Students work in the office of the United States Bankruptcy Trustee, on legal and policy work related to the Trustee=s office. Part of the Department of Justice, the Trustee seeks to promote the efficiency and protect the integrity of the Federal bankruptcy system.  To further the public interest in the just, speedy and economical resolution of cases filed under the Bankruptcy Code, the Trustee monitors the conduct of bankruptcy parties and private estate trustees, acts to ensure compliance with applicable laws and procedures, and identifies and helps investigate bankruptcy fraud and abuse

Criteria: Site supervisor selects. Background check, including credit report and fingerprint check. U.S. citizens only; veteran=s preference applied.

            Part-time only

 

Students in this placement have assisted HUD in developing and closing community based housing and construction projects.  Students research and prepare transactional documents, and participate in organizing materials towards closings on major developments.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects. 

            Part-time only

 

U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Community Relations Service                                                           Atlanta

The Community Relations Service conciliates between participants in real or potential community disputes involving racial or ethnic tension. Students help to identify potential disputes, to investigate the dimensions of the conflict, and to prepare for interventions in conflicts.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

            Part-time only

 

U.S. Department of Education (Civil Rights)                                                                      Atlanta

Students work in the Department of Education=s Office of Civil Rights, focusing primarily on education and discrimination issues. Practical experience includes research and writing, observation of trials, depositions, and negotiations, and exposure to federal governmental practice in civil rights and civil enforcement issues.

Criteria: Site supervisor selects.

            Part-time only



Legislative Placements

 

Office of the Lieutenant Governor                                                                                       Atlanta

Students work in the office of the Lieutenant Governor in support of the legislative agenda of that office. Students work to collect and report on the legal dimensions of pending legislation, and to provide practical support to legislators during the legislative session. Intensive work during the legislative session. Spring only.

Part-time only

 

Senate Democratic Caucus                                                                                                  Atlanta

Students work for legislators in the Georgia Senate, in support of a legislative caucus. Students work to collect and report on the legal dimensions of pending legislation, and to provide practical support to legislators during the legislative session. Intensive work during the legislative session. Spring only.

            Part-time only

 

Georgia House of Representatives                                                                                       Atlanta
 
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 the 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.  
 
Prerequisites:  Constitutional Law I
Preferences: Constitutional Law II; State and Local Government; Legislation Class 
Criteria: 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.
Available spring semester only
Part-time only

 

House Democratic Caucus                                                                                                   Atlanta

Students work for legislators in the Georgia House, in support of a legislative caucus. Students work to collect and report on the legal dimensions of pending legislation, and to provide practical support to legislators during the legislative session. Intensive work during the legislative session. Spring only.

Part-time only