Clinical Studies & Intensive Externships

An experiential education at AJMLS is more than simply learning from experience. Students are expected to integrate theory and reflect upon the impact of their experiences on their professional development.  Externships, internships for credit at approved field placements, offer direct experiences under the supervisions of attorneys or judges.  Clinics offer direct experience under the supervision of both a professor and a supervising attorney.

AJMLS Fulton County Family Law Externship Clinic

The Fulton County Family Law Externship Clinic is available to students who have completed a family law course and are eligible for the 3rd Year Practice Act. This is a two-semester clinic for four credits each semester. The clinic operates out of the Fulton County Superior Court where students assist litigants with simple family law matters, participate in 30-day conferences, and make limited appearances on behalf of pre-screened clients. Students are supervised by Professor Bernadette Olmos. Applications are taken in the spring for the following school year.

Immigration Law Clinic with Catholic Charities

Would you like to gain hands on experience working with clients? Assist Green Card holders apply for U.S. citizenship, Work with foreign national victims of domestic abuse and other crimes? Assist foreign nationals apply for family based green cards? Work with asylees and refugees from persecution in their home country?

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Immigration Clinic “ALIC” offers students the opportunity to work in the immigration law office of Catholic Charities of Atlanta, Inc. (CCA) under the supervision of Prof. Jennifer Bensman. Students receive a rich educational experience that develops skills in problem-solving, client interviewing, collaborating, and cross-cultural awareness, just to name a few.

Cases consist of filings for immigration benefits based on family eligibility, violence against women petitions, crime victim petitions, and temporary protective status. Cases involving applications for citizenship and claims to citizenship may also be assigned. As time and opportunities arise, students will travel to and meet with detainees at immigration detention facilities.

The Clinic operates out of the Catholic Charities Atlanta offices located at 2305 Parklake Dr. NE Bldg. 9, Suite 150 Atlanta, GA 30345-2903. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from the clinic.

The AJMLS/Catholic Charities of Atlanta are currently completing their third year of existence. Each year three to four students enroll in a yearlong eight credit course, four credits per semester to gain the above experience. The course requires participation for both semesters.

Clinic Hours

The Clinic operates during the fall and spring semesters. Students must commit to participate both semesters. During the first semester, students are trained on CCA procedures, clients and substantive legal issues. Students have more substantive and direct legal representation during the second semester. Students earn four (4) credit hours per semester. Credit hours are based *on one hour of classroom instruction* per week and ten hours of participation per week.

Application

Applications can now be submitted online. To access the application please click on the link below. Applications are due no later than Monday, May 30, 2016 by close of business. Get a head start and APPLY NOW!

2016 Immigration Clinic Application

For information about the externship, contact Professor Jennifer Bensman at by email at jbensman@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org or Assistant Dean Bridgett Ortega.

If you are having trouble accessing the application, please contact dfdouglas@johnmarshall.edu.

For information about the externship, contact Professor Jennifer Bensman by email or Assistant Dean Bridgett Ortega.

Experiential Tax Law Externship

The Tax Law Externship  offers students who have completed the Federal Income Taxation course an opportunity for hands-on tax law experience in a small firm setting, while under the guidance of an AJMLS tax law professor.

Micronesian Intensive Externship

The Micronesian Externship places students  in legal offices throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Territory of Guam. Students gain direct legal experience in a multi-cultural and tropical environment. The same eligibility requirements apply to Micronesian externships as local externships the law school provides. Please contact Professor Kathleen Burch at kburch@johnmarshall.edu for more information.

For more information or to apply for a clinic, please contact Bridgett Ortega at bortega@johnmarshall.edu or (404) 872-3593.