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Georgia Law launches full-time semester of work/study in Atlanta

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Georgia Law launches full-time semester of work/study in Atlanta

Monday, September 21, 2015

Writer: Heidi M. Murphy, 706/583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu

Contact: Hillel Y. Levin, 706/542-5214, hlevin@uga.edu Alexander W. Scherr, 706/542-6510, scherr@uga.edu

UGA School of Law launches full-time semester of work/study in Atlanta

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law will expand its footprint to the state's capital in early 2016. 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-based program will bring to our students, alumni and employers.”

Students electing to spend a semester at the Atlanta facility 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.

Georgia Law in Atlanta Director and Associate Professor Hillel Y. Levin 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.

Georgia Law Director of Civil Clinics and Associate Professor Alexander W. Scherr, 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. “We want our students to make the most out of the experience and develop their careers through observation, reflection and relationship building at their placements,” he said.

“Alongside our other experiential programs and our semester in Washington, D.C., and our semester at Oxford, this latest opportunity is one more way we are ensuring that students at Georgia Law are receiving first-rate legal training and learning experiences that will allow them to succeed,” Rutledge said.

The University of Georgia School of Law Atlanta facility will be housed within the Terry College of Business Executive Education Center in Buckhead (across from Lenox Square Mall).

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long tradition of producing world-class scholarship and providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.

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Related links: Atlanta Semester in Practice PDF with an extensive list of partners

Media coverage: Daily Report (9/18/15) - UGA Law to launch Atlanta externship program Atlanta Business Chronicle (9/21/15) - UGA to open law school campus in Atlanta

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