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“John Marshall’s externship program offers quality field placements that develop professional and practical skills while ensuring  successful and meaningful on-the-job performance.” Paul Nam, Graduate (’12)

Dekalb County Public Defender's Office (Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit)

Placement Description:

The DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office (Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit) represents indigent clients accused of committing crimes in DeKalb County.  We represent clients in all courts in DeKalb County.

Description of Student Work:

Under the supervision of an attorney the student will be responsible for interviewing clients as well as writing, researching and preparing legal motions and memorandum and assisting attorneys in all phases of trial preparation.  Third year practice students will have the opportunity to experience all courtroom procedures including preliminary hearings, arraignments, pre-trial hearings, motion hearings and jury trials.

Student Preference:

Students eligible to practice under the 3rd year practice act

Semester participation:

Summer, Fall & Spring


Ms. Claudia Saari, Circuit Public Defender



120 W. Trinity Place

Decatur, Georgia 30030

Phone: (404) 371-2222

Website: www.co.dekalb.ga.us