Externships

Approximately half of Mercer Law Students take advantage of opportunities for real life practice experiences through one of five classes offered within the field placement program:

  • Externship I
  • Externship II
  • Judicial Field Placement
  • Legislative Field Placement
  • Summer Externship 

These opportunities provide students practical work experience while also providing faculty supervision and guided reflection by including an educational component involving discussions, readings, and weekly reflective journals to help students learn from their fieldwork. 

Benefits of the Externship Program include: 

  • A great learning experience, letting students apply the knowledge they’ve learned in law school to actual practice settings.
  • Practice at being a professional within a support structure of both a fieldwork supervisor and a faculty member.
  • Exposure to a field that you may or may not want to work in later. Students learn about their own placement and also about those of fellow classmates, through classroom discussion.
  • Creating networking opportunities. Some students have secured temporary or permanent jobs at either their placement sites or through contacts developed during the placement.
  • Enhancing your resume, giving you a list of specific skills and experiences that you have gained through the fieldwork. 
 
 
 
 
Apply to the Externship I & II here. For the Macon externship, you must also submit your resume in Symplicity under the Macon Externship session.
 

"Throughout my time at Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP), seeing the impact the attorneys had on every individual that came to the office made me feel like this was the perfect externship for me. My externship at GLSP was truly a valuable asset in supplementing my legal education. The knowledge, research, and writing skills I acquired through my courses was transformed and greatly improved during my time at GLSP. I was able to learn from many attorneys who practice in various areas ranging from family law to housing law. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to handle cases in court through the Student Practice Act, which helped me improve my oral argument skills. My perspective of legal education changed in a positive way and I believe my passion, to be an agent of social justice for ALL, was enhanced because of my experience at GLSP.  Overall, being an extern at GLSP has truly been a memorable and important aspect of my law school journey." -Nicole Esuola, Class of 2019

 

Semester-in-Practice Program

The law school offers a Semester-in-Practice program for third year students, which began in the Spring of 2015.  The Program allows students to participate in expanded externships  during the academic year, in addition to taking additional law courses.
 

Description of the Program

This course is designed to offer students practical work experience in public service offices while providing faculty supervision and guided reflection. In addition to field work, the course meets for two hours per week in a classroom. The course includes readings, reflective journals, and class discussion, all of which are designed to help students learn from their fieldwork experience. Throughout the course, students explore fundamental questions of meaning and purpose in living a life of service in the law. Students work in an approved non-profit public interest or governmental office; faculty for the course maintain a list of approved placements, but students may petition for a placement to be added. The amount of credit hours is allocated based upon the number of field work hours. Students arrange a regular work schedule with their field supervisor and submit weekly time sheets and reflective journal entries to their faculty supervisor. Enrollment is by application and permission of the faculty supervisor. Limit of 30 total students; and a limit of 15 students per section.  This course provides required hours for the Experiential Learning requirement.  A minimum GPA of 83 is required to participate in this program.
 
 
 

Application

There are two separate applications you should be aware of for this program. First, there is a list of  externship placements that participate in a consortium of the Georgia law schools; you may apply through our Career Services Office to those offices. The deadline for those applications for Spring will typically be the end of September and will be the end of February for Fall semester. Those placements interview students and make their selection by the first of November for Spring and the rest of April for Fall.
 
The second application is necessary for you to register for the Semester-in-Practice course . Enrollment in the program will be by application and permission of the professor teaching the course. Application deadlines will typically be just before registration.   You may not register for the Semester-in-Practice unless you have secured a field placement.
 
If you have any questions or wish for further information, please contact Tim Floyd.