At Georgia State Law, we are dedicated to practice-based learning. We offer numerous opportunities for hands on learning in our award-winning clinics, a robust externship program with an accompanying course focusing on professional identity formation, and numerous other practice-based courses and simulation courses. Students master the theory of law and put it into practice through our innovative experiential curriculum. Our holistic approach blends legal theory with practical legal experience. Students are able to enter the legal workforce after graduation with the skills and confidence that employer’s value.
Our building is located in downtown Atlanta within walking distance of media companies, studios, entertainment venues, courts and legal employers where students can gain valuable real-world experience.
Participating in experiential learning opportunities is one of the best ways for students to distinguish themselves during the job search. At Georgia State, we are committed to our students from admission to bar passage and beyond.
Clinics are an excellent way for students to apply theories and skills learned in the classroom and perform real legal work, representing clients and appearing before judges. In clinics, students meet regularly with faculty supervisors, who provide guidance tailored to the student’s development and learning goals.
In addition to our clinics and externships, Georgia State offers an extensive range of other courses that also meet the ABA requirement for students to take six credits of experiential courses before graduation. The College of Law offers almost 30 different experiential courses to choose from. A complete list is found in the most recent edition of the bulletin. For a list of which experiential courses are being offered in a given semester, consult the class schedule. A sample list of simulation courses is below.
- Access To Justice
- Expert Testimony Using Technology
- Mental Health and Criminal Law Practicum
- Military Law
- Social Security Disability Law Practicum
- Sports Law Simulation
How do I enroll in experiential courses?
Are clinics or externships required?
How do I know whether a course qualifies as experiential?
Is there a limit on the number of experiential-learning courses I may take?
Can I take more than one experiential learning course at a time?
Pursuant to this policy, students may not take an in-house clinic and an externship or experiential course that involve the representation of live clients (as opposed to simulations) in the same semester. Only in exceptional circumstances may a student take an externship at the same time as an off-site clinic (Capital Defender Clinic, Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic, or Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic) or an experiential course that involves the representation of live clients such as Fundamentals of Law Practice. In order to do so, the student must receive advance permission from Prof. Kendall Kerew, Director of Externships, and the professor of the off-Site clinic or other experiential course.
Students are permitted to take an externship, or a clinic or other course that involves the representation of live clients at the same time as a simulation-based experiential course.
If you have a question about whether you are permitted to enroll in two particular courses at the same time, be sure to confirm in advance of registration to avoid having to withdraw from one of the courses based upon this policy.
When should I begin taking experiential courses?
What is the difference between an in-house clinic, an off-site clinic, an externship and a simulation course?
In-house clinics are based in the Center for Clinical Programs, which is located inside the College of Law. Students enrolled in a clinic course attend a weekly clinic seminar and work in the clinic office handling real cases for their clients. Students in the clinic will 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. Learn more about Clinics.
Off-Site 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 off-site office, where the professor is based. Learn more about Clinics.
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 are courses that simulate real legal work and may include assignments and role-plays based on real legal matters. However, no clients are involved.
Is there a cap on the number of clinics or other experiential courses a student may take?
How do I get certified under the student practice rule?
Should I take experiential courses in a particular order?
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