The Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Externship Program (“Externship Program”) provides second-year (2L), third-year (3L), and fourth-year (4L) students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience by working with local, state, national, and international corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations, and the judiciary for academic credit. Students gain practical legal experience by working under the supervision of lawyers, which is supplemented and enhanced by a corresponding academic course.
Placements with private firms or attorneys are approved on a limited basis. Factors for approving a placement include, but are not limited to, length of time the attorney or firm has been in practice (5 years minimum), their reputation in the legal community, and the primary areas of practice. Preference is given to private firms or attorneys that have a significant number of pro bono cases or work in specific areas.
You can find the Private Firm Policy and Certification Form and Employer Extern Request Form on our institutional Forms page, under Experiential Learning.
To qualify for the Externship Program, a placement must provide the student:
- A substantive legal experience;
- An on-site supervising attorney, who directly supervises and provides feedback in connection with the student’s work.
Please note that students receive academic credit for their work at the field placements. As such, students are not eligible to receive any compensation from externship employers. Students may, however, receive third-party funded stipends or fellowships to supplement their externships.
In order for a student to participate in and receive academic credit for his/her participation in the Externship Program:
- The student must be an enrolled student at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, in good academic standing;
- The student must have satisfactorily completed 45 credit hours (including all first-year courses);
- The student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.3 for summer externships and 2.7 for fall and spring externships;
- The student must submit a fully executed Experiential Learning Secured Placement Contract for an approved placement;
- The student must complete the work hours required for his/her elected credit amount;
- The student must complete the Externship Program Seminar Course;
- The student must participate in a mid-term conference with the Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and complete the required program evaluations; and
- The student must maintain a time log and submit weekly timesheets via Symplicity that must be verified by the supervising attorney.
A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits through externship placements that may be applied towards meeting a student’s graduation requirements in accordance with the Law School’s JD Degree Requirements Self-Audit Form.
All externship placements are subject to the approval by the Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning.
For more information about the Externship Program or if you are interested in participating in the Externship Program, please contact Bridgett Ortega, Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning, at (678) 916-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.