Criteria for Approval of Externships

Criteria for Approval of Externships

Generally, we seek field placements that:

1. Provide a strong learning experience for students, including sound supervision and real-world legal experience.

2. Provide a wide variety of opportunities for students, particularly in areas of strong student demand or curricular need.


3. Demonstrate commitment to the educational mission of our program, including both cooperating administratively and demonstrating interest in helping to teach students.

Criteria for approval of new externships.

1. The placement must assign students to do legal or law-related work (e.g., policy and legislative work), and the students must not spend any more time doing clerical or administrative work than an entry-level attorney in a similar role would do.

2.  The students’ legal work must be supervised by an attorney or a judge.

If the attorney practices law and is in-house counsel for a state or federal government agency or organization, or as otherwise consistent with Georgia Bar rules, the attorney may or may not be a member of the Georgia Bar, but must be an active member of some state’s bar.  A judge, law clerk, or legislator who does not practice law might not be an active member of the Georgia Bar, but must be a member of some state’s bar.

3. The students cannot be compensated for their work in the placement, except for reimbursement of ancillary expenses.

4. To maximize student opportunity and minimize administrative burden, and to demonstrate commitment to the program, the placement must commit to being a part of the program on an ongoing basis.

It is acceptable for a student who already has contact with the placement to work there in the first semester after the placement is approved, but the placement must be willing to participate in the regular open application process thereafter. If it does not participate in the next open application process, it will be removed and must apply for reapproval. The placement can elect to only be available every other semester, or otherwise limit its availability, but when it is available, it should be open to all eligible students for application.

5.  There must be factors demonstrating a strong likelihood of sound supervision. The combination of these factors must be positive overall, although the different factors may weigh differently in different placements:

a. proposed attorney-student ratio.

b. experience of the supervising attorney(s).

c. extent of competing responsibilities of the supervising attorney(s).

d. location of the supervising attorney(s) compared to the student(s).

e. other case-specific factors.

We particularly encourage Emory alumni to participate as supervisors in our program.