Course Information & Requirements
This is a one-semester practicum for 4 credits. It requires a half-day orientation session at the beginning of the semester and students will be expected to spend 125 hours per semester (an average of approximately 9 hours per week) on practicum-related work in addition to participating in the weekly seminar. This work will not be distributed evenly during the semester and may require weekend fieldwork at times; student should expect high and low periods of work based on caseload demands.
Much of the practicum’s work will occur at locations such as Athens-Clarke County Animal Control and local veterinarian offices that are not easily accessible by walking or through public transportation, so participating students must have a reliable means of transportation. The cases involved will involve animal cruelty and other emotionally difficult offenses; students must be prepared to deal with these issues in a professional way.
There are no prerequisites. Students not enrolling in the practicum in the following semester are expected to transition their cases to incoming students or the professor. Rising 2Ls and 3Ls, as well as UGA graduate students outside of the School of Law, may apply.
Students will be required to keep timesheets and a reflective journal and will be graded based on the quality of their legal work (including fieldwork and assigned written work) and on their participation in the seminar.