Experiential Learning

Aimee Maxwell (M.Ed. ’83, J.D. ’87) Receives Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award

“Public service involves making a choice to embrace the needs of others at some sacrifice to oneself and in Aimee Maxwell we honor someone who made such a choice,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law at the the 2016 Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award ceremony… more »

Lisa Radtke Bliss

From the Director: Experiential Learning at Georgia State Law

The most powerful learning for law students occurs when they are able to link theory and practice. Georgia State Law students receive a strong foundation in academics, blended with practical skills education throughout the three years of law school. Our experiential curriculum allows students to become immersed in the practice of law through… more »

HeLP Clinic Students Score Two Big Disability Wins

Ryan Behndleman (J.D. ’16) and Ryan Bozarth (J.D. ’16), won two Social Security disability cases for their clients, two children with significant medical disabilities, in the fall while working with the Georgia State Law Heath Law Partnership Clinic. Both children were previously denied disability benefits.

Their first case involved a toddler… more »

Improv in the Negotiations Classroom Pays Off

When Professor Charity Scott explains her plans to incorporate improv techniques into her Negotiations course, students typically respond with skepticism and apprehension.

Improv Tactics

Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law, shared these key improv skills, which she finds useful in developing as a lawyer and going through life:

Say “yes,… more »

Caren Morrison

Morrison’s Applied Evidence Class Allows Students to Learn and Use Rules

Thanks to a recent college Teaching Innovation Grant, associate professor of law Caren Morrison has expanded her Evidence course into a more immersive, simulation-based experience for her students.

“Applied Evidence,” as Morrison calls the expansion, introduces lawyering and litigation skills through in-class trial exercises. In small groups, students take turns role-playing… more »

Owe the IRS Money? Here’s What to Do

Tax Day is finally here. If you’re getting a refund, lucky you. But if you owe the government money, you may be worried that you have to pay the amount due by the filing deadline of April 18 – even if you asked for an extension.

Owing the IRS – especially when you don’t have… more »

TAPP Offers Students Experience Working with Nonprofits, Small Businesses

Beginning in August, Georgia State Law will offer the Transactional Assistance + Practice Program (TAPP), providing students with experience representing nonprofit organizations and small businesses in a broad range of transactional and corporate legal problems.

“So much of what students do in law school is litigation focused. Many attorneys, however, never step foot in a court… more »

Courtney Anderson

Atlanta Bus Tour Prepares Students for Law and Health Equity Course

Assistant professor Courtney Anderson has a unique approach to preparing her students to learn about the intersection among transactional law, advocacy and community organization in her Law and Health Equity course — a bus tour of Atlanta before the semester begins.

“Through the tour, students experience parts of the city that they… more »

Georgia State Advances to National Patent Law Moot Court Competition

After placing second in the regional Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, the Georgia State Law team has advanced to national competition in Washington, D.C., April 13 –15.

Sam Wesley (J.D. ’17) and Elizabeth Wedegis (J.D. ’17) competed in three rounds at the second annual American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) southeastern regional competition, which… more »

Chiovaro, Vath Develop Practice-Ready Writing Course

Teaming up to help ease the transition of graduates from law school to practice are Lawyering Foundations faculty members Jennifer Chiovaro (J.D. ’85) and Margaret Vath with a new simulation course, Lawyering: Practice-Ready Writing.

Chiovaro and Vath say one year of legal writing instruction is not sufficient… more »