Experiential Learning


Welcome to the Experiential Learning Program, your bridge between law school and the practice of law. Externships or field placements provide you with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom with the practical experience of on-the-job training. Unlike an internship, an externship allows you to receive academic credit for the education you gain outside of the classroom. The Experiential Learning Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School offers a variety of field placements to enhance your legal education as you gain the practical experience and confidence necessary to embark on a successful legal career.


The mission of the Experiential Learning Program is to provide opportunities for students to develop their practical legal skills in real-world legal settings while providing them with the academic support and guidance needed to ensure a successful and meaningful on-the-job performance and a deeper insight into what it means to be a lawyer.

Externship Program Change, Effective Spring 2018

(a) Eligibility

In order to enroll in either a clinic or the Externship Program, a student must have satisfactorily completed 45 credit hours (including all first year courses), be in good academic standing, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.30

(b) Externship Program

A student is limited to the number of externship credits as indicated in the following schedule:

  • Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher may take up to a maximum of 9 externship credits. These credits may be taken in one semester or over a period of semesters, including the summer.
  • Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.3 -2.699 may take up to a maximum of 6 externship credits. These credits may be taken only during the summer session.
  • Students with a cumulative grade point average of under 2.3 are not eligible to take an externship.

Externship hours may be divided among multiple externships, subject to the approval of the Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning. A student otherwise eligible to take an externship upon good cause may petition the Associate Dean of Academic Programs for permission to exceed the allowable number of externship credits.

Any questions or concerns regarding these changes should be directed to the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Jace Gatewood (jgatewood@johnmarshall.edu).


Bridgett Ortega
Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning

Carolyn Roan
Experiential Learning Program Administrator