Campus News

Law school launches Atlanta Semester in Practice program

The UGA School of Law will expand its footprint with an Atlanta campus that will open for the 2016 spring semester. The first program to be launched at the new facility will be the Atlanta Semester in Practice, which will offer second- and third-year students the opportunity to receive full-time, practical experience through placements in the judicial, government, corporate and nonprofit arenas.

“The opportunity to receive hands-on, full-time training will greatly benefit our students as they seek to begin their careers in the legal profession. In addition, the agencies and companies that provide placements will be receiving the assistance of some of our nation’s brightest law students,” said Georgia Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge. “We are excited to begin this new chapter in the law school’s storied history and look forward to the opportunities an Atlanta campus will bring to our students, alumni and employers.”

Students electing to spend a semester at the Atlanta campus will work full time in placements that include the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Attorney General, the Georgia Supreme Court and the House Democratic Caucus, as well as a number of other government, nonprofit and corporate locations. In addition to the externships, students will take a clinical seminar and upper-level courses, allowing them to earn a total of up to 16 credits for the semester.

Hillel Y. Levin, Georgia Law in Atlanta director and an associate professor, said this program is a terrific opportunity for students to spend a semester working and learning practical lawyering skills in Atlanta-area legal settings.

“The program provides access to an impressive array of civil practice settings and opens up new opportunities for professional networking,” he said.

Alexander W. Scherr, Georgia Law director of civil clinics and an associate professor who is overseeing the student externship portion of the program, said it is important to note that law students will thrive academically while participating in the Georgia Law in Atlanta program.