Experiential learning at Mercer Law is comprehensive, providing both practical experience and specialized course work to complement hands-on learning.
Highlights of experiential education include:
- All Mercer Law students take required courses in skills such as interviewing and counseling, negotiation, mediation, and trial advocacy;
- Second and third-year students take advantage of our extensive externship program, working with a wide range of lawyers and judges, including criminal prosecutors, public defenders, civil legal services, military lawyers, and government agencies;
- Third-year students can take one of our clinical courses, in which they are certified to appear in court under the supervision of a practicing lawyer;
- Students in all three years participate in mock trial, moot court, and other lawyering competitions sponsored by the Mercer Advocacy Council;
- Stipend and fellowship programs support public service internships during the summer;
- Mercer Law students devote hundreds of pro bono hours each year to legal services organizations such as the Georgia Legal Services Program and Crisis Line and Safe House.