Experiential Learning FAQs

There is no limit on the number of experiential learning courses you may take. There is a limit of six credits for externships, which is equivalent to two semesters.
Clinics, externships and other elective experience-based courses are not required for graduation at this time. Although clinics, externships and other experience-based courses are not required, you are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of opportunities for practice experience that such courses offer.

For students entering in fall 2016, the ABA will require you to take one or more experiential courses totaling at least six credit hours. To satisfy this requirement, a course must be a simulation, clinic or externship (field placement.)

No. In accordance with the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, students may not simultaneously enroll in two experiential courses that represent live clients at the same time. Thus, a student may not simultaneously enroll in a clinic, externship or any other experiential course serving real clients or community partners. If you have a question about whether you are permitted to enroll in two particular courses, confirm in advance of registration to avoid having to withdraw from one of the courses in the event of a conflict.
The College of Law curriculum infuses experiential learning throughout your course of study. Students begin in the first year with a required course, “Lawyering: Foundations,” which involves significant practice-focused experiential exercises. Students may begin taking elective experiential courses as soon as they have completed the first year and met any necessary prerequisites for a specific course. 
Enrollment in some experiential courses, such as clinics and externships are by application. Check out our chart that lists clinics, externships and other experiential courses and their enrollment requirements.
All courses that satisfy the experiential learning requirement are marked with the letter "E" after the course number (eg: "LAW 6000E"). Those courses are identified in the following list. For the most up to date list of “E” Courses, refer to the College of Law Bulletin.

  • Law 6051/12287 Capital Defender Clinic
  • Law 6021 Transition to Practice
  • Law 6030 Lawyering: Advocacy
  • Law 6040 Landlord/Tenant Mediation Clinic
  • Law 6041 Landlord/Tenant Mediation Clinic II
  • Law 6090/6091 HeLP Clinic I & II
  • Law 6092/88494 Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic
  • Law 7036 Advanced Evidence
  • Law 7052 Lawyering: Practice-Ready Writing
  • LAW 7060 Alternative Dispute Resolution for Advocates
  • Law 7094 Bankruptcy Assistance and Practice Program
  • Law 7100 Unincorporated Business Associations
  • Law 7102 Transactional Assistance and Practice Program
  • Law 7247 Health Legislation & Advocacy I
  • Law 7248 Health Legislation & Advocacy II
  • LAW 7291 Interviewing and Counseling
  • Law 7336 Fundamentals of Law Practice
  • Law 7419 Civil Pre-Trial Litigation
  • Law 7600 005 Tax Clinic I
  • Law 7601-005 Tax Clinic II
  • Law 7602 Investor Advocacy Clinic I
  • Law 7602/7603 Investor Advocacy Clinic I and II
  • Law 7800 Health Care Transactional & Regulatory Practicum
  • Law 7801 Business Arbitration Practicum
  • Law 8000 Externship Seminar
  • Law 8001, 8005, 8008 Externship Course
  • Law 7414 Negotiation
  • Law 8006 Summer IP Program in Washington, D.C .
To discuss experiential learning generally, you may contact Lisa Radtke Bliss, director of experiential education. Reach out to the professors in the programs you in which you are interested.

In-house clinics are based in the Center for Clinical Programs. Students enrolled in a clinic course attend the clinic seminar and work in the clinic office handling real cases for their clients. Students perform all aspects of legal work, such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting documents, appearing before tribunals, and more. Students are supervised by faculty members or supervising attorneys employed by the clinic.

External clinics are taught and supervised by adjunct faculty. Students attend a seminar component of the course and perform the work of that clinic through the external office, where the professor is based.

Learn more about our clinics>> Clinics Frequently Asked Questions>>

Externships are also based off site. Externship placements include government agencies, nonprofit organizations and judge’s offices. Students are paired with site-supervising attorneys who work one-on-one with students as they develop their legal skills. Students also work throughout the semester with a faculty supervisor who helps guide their learning experience. Learn more about Externships>>

Simulation courses simulate real legal work and may include assignments and role-plays based on real legal matters. However, no clients are involved.

There is no cap on the number of clinics or experiential courses a student may take. However, students may only take six credit hours of externships, which is the equivalent of two semesters.
Certification to practice under the student practice rule is available to those enrolled in clinics, externships and other courses in which students work on real legal matters. Each program will ensure its students receive certification as necessary.
All experiential courses except Lawyering: Advocacy are electives. As such, they can be taken in any order you choose. It is recognized as a best practice in legal education for students to take both a clinic and an externship before they graduate. It can be beneficial for you to take a clinic or other course involving the representation of real clients that allows you to develop professionally before you take an externship. However, there is no requirement to do so and many students have successfully completed externships without enrolling in a clinic first.