Clinics are an excellent way for students to explore focus areas and gain legal experience. You’ll apply theories and skills learned in the classroom and begin real legal work, even representing clients or working with judges. Clinical education is based upon theory, action and reflection. In clinics, students meet regularly with clinical faculty supervisors, who provide valuable guidance and feedback on their legal work. Learning is tailored to the student’s development and learning goals.
Center for Clinical Education
Our three in-house clinics, HeLP Legal Services Clinic, Investor Advocacy Clinic, Philip C. Cook Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, operate as a law firm in the Center for Clinical Education, where they serve clients who cannot afford legal help. Clinic students develop their legal skills by directly representing clients. These real lawyering experiences provide rich opportunities for students to learn about the lawyer’s role and ethical engagement.
Students develop professional skills in a variety of civil subject matter areas by representing low-income children receiving health care services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta facilities.
Student interns represent and counsel small investors who are victims of broker misconduct and cannot afford or find private legal representation because of the size of their claims.
The tax clinic promotes professional skills and training as students represent low-income people during the post-audit stage of their Internal Revenue Service disputes.
Georgia State Law’s external clinics operate separately from the Center for Clinical Education. Students take clinical courses and perform legal work in offices outside of the law school in the areas of criminal law and mediation under the supervision of adjunct faculty, who serve as mentors.
Capital Defender Clinic students help the capital defender attorneys make a strong case for life at trial and build factual and legal narratives that will lead to the reversal of death sentences on appeal.
Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic students will mediate landlord/tenant disputes and other disputes later in the year, including cases handled in the State and Magistrate courts; particularly small claim civil issues such as disputes between neighbors, consumers and businesses and creditors and debtors.