How to Apply
This page describes how to apply for a corporate counsel externship and provides other important information.
Download the application form: Spring Application
What do I need to do to apply?
Complete one application form and write a separate statement of interest for each placement to which you are applying (up to 5 placements). The statement of interest does not need to be lengthy; one or two paragraphs should be sufficient. Highlight any relevant experience, course work, or demonstrated interest or abilities. Submit these documents, along with a copy of your resume and an unofficial copy of your transcript, in electronic form to Professor Carol Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org and in hard copy to Willimenia Haynes in Room 313 Hirsch.
Word of advice: Proof your documents carefully since some placements will reject applications if they see typographical or grammatical errors.
When is my application due?
Friday, October 12, 2018 by close of business
What are the work requirements for the part-time and full-time externships?
Fall and Spring:
In a part-time externship, students work 1-2 days per week at a placement.
In a full-time externship, students usually live in Atlanta and work 4 days per week at a placement.
In either the part-time or full-time externship, students work 14 weeks during a semester.
Unless otherwise required by a placement, students can work anywhere from 2-5 days per week, depending on a mutually agreeable schedule between the student and the placement. Students must work a minimum of 6-7 consecutive weeks (depending on credit hours). Some students split their summers between other work and an externship.
How can I tell which placements take part-time or full-time students?
Click on the Placements tab above to see if placements accept part-time (PT) and/or full-time (FT) students.
Do all placements participate each semester?
No. Click on the Placements tab above to see the semester(s) in which each placement participates.
Can I initiate my own placement?
Yes. See the Student-Arranged Placements tab above.
What is the selection process?
Placements will screen applications, select students to interview, and make offers to students on or before Monday, October 29, 2018. Students will have until Wednesday, October 31, 2018 to make their decisions. Students on wait lists will have until Monday, November 5, 2018 to make their decisions.
Though students are not required to make decisions until October 31, 2018, students may make decisions before that date. Students need to keep the professor informed about offers and follow up with placements promptly to accept or decline their offers. Once you accept an offer, you cannot withdraw without permission of the professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Do I allocate points to the externship?
What are the prerequisites?
Fall and Spring:
Law and Ethics of Lawyering (can be a co-requisite)
How many credit hours can I earn?
Fall and Spring:
In the part-time externship, students earn 4-6 credit hours, including a weekly seminar, depending on number of days worked per week:
- 1 day per week – 4 credit hours
- 1.5 days per week – 5 credit hours
- 2 days per week – 6 credit hours
In the full-time externship, students earn 10 credit hours, including a weekly seminar.
Students earn 2-4 credit hours, depending on number of hours worked at the placement:
- 140 hours – 2 credit hours
- 210 hours – 3 credit hours
- 280 hours – 4 credit hours
For 2-3 credit hours, students must work at least 6 weeks; for 4 credit hours, students must work at least 7 weeks.
How many credit hours count toward the law school’s clinical cap of 16 credit hours?
Fall and Spring:
All but 2 credit hours count toward the clinical cap.
All credit hours count toward the clinical cap.
Is a seminar required? If so, where and when is it taught?
Fall and Spring:
A 2-hour weekly seminar is required for both part-time and full-time externships. Students in the part-time externship attend a seminar at the law school on Tuesdays.
Students in the full-time externship attend a seminar at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead Atlanta on Thursdays.
In lieu of a weekly seminar, students engage in on-line coursework.
How is the course graded? What are grades based on?
Half of the credits are graded and half are pass/fail. For example, if you earn 5 credit hours, 2.5 credit hours will be graded, and 2.5 credit hours will be pass/fail.
Grades are based on a student’s coursework, including reflections on their externship experience, and the evaluation of the supervising attorney at the placement.
Is there an exam?
No. Students will complete a final appraisal of their experience in lieu of an exam.
How do I decide which days to work?
Some placements indicate preferred days in the description of the placement (click on each placement listed on the Placements tab above). You can then determine before you apply if a particular placement will work for your schedule. Before accepting an offer from a placement, you will consult with the placement to determine a work schedule that suits both you and the placement.
Can I do an externship and take other clinics later?
Yes. These courses leave you with enough credits to take clinics in other semesters. In fact, we encourage you to take more than one clinic during your law school career.
Can I repeat the corporate counsel externship in another semester?
Yes, with the permission of the professor.
Can any student qualify for a placement? Or only highly-ranked students?
Any student can qualify. Most placements do not have class rank requirements.
Will working at a placement mean that I will get a job there after graduation?
Usually not. Working at your placement allows you to network, provides you with valuable experience that will benefit your job search and future employment, and offers you mentors who will advise and help you on your career path.
What courses are offered in Atlanta in the spring?
In spring 2019, in addition to the externship courses, the law school will offer Health Law and Constitutional Law II. The law school may also offer skills courses, as well as online courses. Any law student can enroll in these courses.
Can I work in Atlanta and participate in law journals, competitions, and on-campus interviews?
Will participating in the full-time Atlanta program affect my financial aid?
No. You remain fully in residence during an Atlanta semester. You may also qualify for a stipend to help defray living expenses.
Are there any special requirements for students applying for a full-time externship?
Prior to applying for a full-time externship, students need to contact the law school’s Registrar (Paula McBride – email@example.com) for a graduation audit. Participation in a semester-in-practice course counts toward 8 of your available l6 credit hours for clinics, as well as 8 of the 24 credits allowed for study outside of a regularly scheduled class session. Submit the audit along with your application.
Is tuition required during the summer? Can I get my financial aid during the summer?
You will pay tuition per credit for the summer externship. Financial aid is available if you register for at least 3 credit hours. Contact the Registrar (Paula McBride – firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Deadlines (by close of business):
Deadline for applications October 12
Deadline for offers by placements October 29
Deadline for decisions on first offers by students October 31
Deadline for decisions on offers by students on wait list November 5
Contact Professor Carol Morgan at email@example.com.