Message from the Director of Experiential Education Lisa Radtke Bliss
Today, Georgia State Law students have more choices of courses than ever that help develop them as professionals. Georgia State Law has the largest number of law students statewide who are registered with the Office of Bar Admissions under the new Student Practice Rule of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The rule allows both second- and third-year students from our clinics, externships and other practice-based courses to represent, under supervision, those who are otherwise unable to afford legal services.
Our award-winning clinics, the new externship course and varied externship locations, a rich variety of practice-based courses, complex simulation courses, and a commitment to hands-on learning throughout the curriculum make the college the place for students to learn and grow into market-ready professionals. Our new building provides state-of-the-art clinic space for the Center for Clinical Education, classrooms designed to enhance collaborative and experiential learning, advocacy skills rooms, and other learning spaces designed to enhance the way that students here learn about the law and how to apply it in different contexts.
Many of our newest experiential offerings are the result of Dean Steven J. Kaminshine’s Teaching Innovation Grant program, begun in 2013. Teaching innovation grants support faculty in developing new experiential courses or introducing novel simulation or real client experiential components into existing courses. Some courses that have developed or been re-tooled through innovation grants include the Bankruptcy Assistance and Practice Program, Health Care Transactions and Regulatory Practicum and Contracts.
This newsletter highlights some of the important legal services and student learning provided by our clinics and other practice-based courses, as well as other ways in which Georgia State Law students are gaining valuable practical experience. In addition to our in-house clinics, the Philip C. Cook Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic, and the Investor Advocacy Clinic, Georgia State Law offers the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic, the Capital Defender Clinic and is home to a volunteer-based Veteran’s Clinic, in which student volunteers work with pro bono lawyers to assist veterans in a variety of legal matters. Future editions will explore other innovative courses and programs as we continue to expand our experiential offerings as we implement the college’s strategic plan.
I hope this newsletter provides a deeper understanding of the many ways in which our experiential learning program contributes to legal education, our community, and the profession. Come see us in our new home.
Lisa Radtke Bliss, director of experiential education