Clinics offer students a unique opportunity to see how the law works in practice before they graduate from the college. In clinics, students use methods learned in the classroom to help clients. The facility for the on-campus clinics functions like a law firm and serves clients who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer. Students in the in-house clinics are assigned to their own cases and work under the supervision of law faculty or a supervising attorney. Participating in a clinic is the perfect way for students to explore their areas of interest and find their passion.
2023 Southern Clinical Conference
“Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble”
Opportunities and Challenges for Clinics and Externships in the South
New Clinicians Programming
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Georgia State University College of Law
The late Civil Rights Leader John Lewis called for social justice to happen by creating “good trouble.” Clinical legal education is a force for social justice both in law schools and more broadly, meaning we all have a role to play in creating good trouble in the south. This year’s Southern Clinical Conference will explore different ways our work and our students’ work can create “good trouble.”
“Good trouble,” refers to the fight against a range of social injustices, including racial injustice, gender inequality, and economic disparities. What opportunities exist in the South and more generally for creating “good trouble?” What challenges exist? Does clinical legal education need to adapt to address both these opportunities and challenges?
Please join us for sessions that will explore the diverse ways clinical faculty, both in-house and externship, can create “good trouble.” We solicited presentations that address the challenges of social, political, or cultural issues in the south and beyond. The conference provides opportunities to engage in vibrant discussions, network with like-minded colleagues, discover new and exciting collaborative possibilities, and take home valuable information that will improve your work and service as an experiential educator.
The conference program can be found by clicking here.
The in-house clinics are one semester, available in both fall and spring. Students have the option to participate in a second semester of the in-house clinics. The second semester need not immediately follow the first semester.
- Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic (HeLP)
Students develop skills by representing children from low-income families who receive services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
- Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
Students represent low-income people during the post-audit stage of their Internal Revenue Service disputes.
- Immigration Clinic
Students learn the ins and outs of immigration law, practice case intake and develop client relations skills.
Off-site clinics vary in participation requirements and 3-4 credit hours. Please be sure to confirm whether the off-site clinic you are interested in is a one semester or full year (two-semester) commitment.
- Capital Defender Clinic
Students help capital defender attorneys represent individuals facing the death penalty who want to have their sentences reverse.
- Mediation Clinic
Students receive training and certification as registered mediators. They mediate disputes between landlords and tenants and more.
- Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic
The clinic is in partnership with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Disability Integration Project. It focuses on advocacy arising out of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision.
Clinic applications are accepted for the fall semester during the previous spring, and for the spring in the previous fall semester.
Students are accepted based on demand. Students may apply for all three in-house clinics at the same time and indicate their order of preference.
Why should I take a clinic?
What will I do in a clinic?
What is the time commitment for clinics?
What if there is not a clinic in the practice area of my interest?
Can I work an outside job while I take a clinic?
Can I drop a clinic?
Are there clinic opportunities for part-time students?
Students whose schedule does not permit day-time participation may wish to explore externship opportunities, of which there are several that can accommodate evening work. Please view the Externship page for opportunities.
Do I need prior experience to do a clinic or other course?
Can a student take more than one in-house clinic?
If I do not get accepted to a clinic, is there a wait list?
Is there a cap on the number of clinics or other experiential courses a student may take?
How many semesters are the clinics?
The off-site clinics (Capital Defender, Mediation, Olmstead) are either one or two semesters long. Be sure to confirm whether the off-site clinic you are interested in is a one or two-semester commitment.
Are the clinics graded?
What prerequisites are required for clinics?
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