Health Law Externships

Hands-on legal experience

The externship program at the College of Law operates on the premise that the potential for learning outside of the law school is tremendous. Health law externships are available to our students in the rich metropolitan Atlanta legal community through governmental agencies and not-for-profit public interest organizations.

The purpose of the externship program is to tie theoretical knowledge to practical experience by:

  • Training students in lawyering skills
  • Giving students greater insight into the workings of the legal system
  • Promoting the development in students of a sense of professional responsibility
  • Developing the ability of students to learn from their experience

Students selected to take part in the externship program are assigned to work with attorneys, who serve as mentors throughout the externship experience.

Law students can receive credit for hands-on legal experience in the following health law externship programs.

Health law externships

Health law externships have been offered previously at locations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia Department of Community Health and other hospitals and health organizations.


Practice areas: Health Law
Semester requirement: 1
Credits: 3

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Regional Office of the Chief Counsel which provides legal services to support the United States Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR) activities in the eight (8) southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Regional Office’s legal work is divided into program work, which is handled by the Health and Human Resources Branch, and into work affecting the general operations, which is handled by the General Law Branch. Major clients include the Administration on Aging, the Administration for Children and Families, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Civil Rights.

Duties externs may expect to perform include doing research on specific legal issues, preparing legal memoranda, assisting in drafting pleadings, providing assistance in putting together evidence for hearings and trials. When feasible, students will attend meetings with clients and opposing counsel, attend hearings, depositions and other discovery proceedings, attend conference calls and participate in other relevant activities of attorneys in the office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites:
 A resume, writing sample and list of law school courses completed is required.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship faculty required for enrollment.


Practice areas: Health Law, Employment Law
Semester requirement: 1
Credits: 3

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work for The Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services, CDC/ATSDR. This agency is responsible for providing legal services to the CDC and ATSDR and deals with a wide variety of legal issues, including legal and public policy issues related to AIDS, vaccine liability and compensation, hazardous wastes and environmental health, occupational safety and health, biotechnology, and toxic torts.

Externs will gain experience both in the program division and the litigation division.  The extern’s work in the program division will consist of involvement in the day-to-day activities arising out of the issues discussed above.  While the work will involve some legal research, it will consist primarily of responding to legal and policy issues raised by CDC and ATSDR officials.  The work often requires an immediate analysis and response.  The extern’s work in the litigation divisionwill consist of work on all phases of litigation and primarily involves employment law cases.

All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites:

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • A one paragraph statement (approximately 50 – 75 words) of why you want to take this internship
  • A brief writing sample on a topic of your choice.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Contracts and Corporations; Third-year students only

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year law student
  • Background in science
  • Public health
  • Healthcare field helpful


Practice areas: Health Law
Semester requirement: 1
Credits: 3

SITE DESCRIPTION

We are please to offer an opportunity for a student to work closely with the attorneys at the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA).  GHA is a non-profit trade association made up of member health systems, hospitals, and individuals in administrative and decision-making positions within those institutions. GHA serves approximately 175 hospitals throughout Georgia.

We are please to offer an opportunity for a student to work closely with the attorneys at the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA).  GHA is a non-profit trade association made up of member health systems, hospitals, and individuals in administrative and decision-making positions within those institutions. GHA serves approximately 175 hospitals throughout Georgia.The legal department assists member hospitals with finding answers to complicated regulatory questions, participates in meetings with various state agencies which regulate hospitals, drafts and reviews legislation that may affect hospitals, and advises GHA on daily legal issues that may arise in running the association.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites:
 Second or third-year student strongly interested in health related law

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship faculty required for enrollment.

Preferences:

  • Healthcare background or experience
  • Part-time students are encouraged to apply.


Practice areas: Health Law, IP Law, Patent Law
Semester requirement: 1
Credits: 3

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Technology Transfer Office handles all issues relating to the intellectual property rights of CDC. Intern assignments may include review of the patentability of new technologies, the marketability of inventions, licensing agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, royalty payments, marketing materials, and trademark and copyright applications. See www.cdc.gov/tto.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites:

  • At the time of application please submit a one paragraph statement (approximately 50 – 75 words) explaining why you want to take this externship.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
All students who have not previously taken an externship must attend a classroom component at the law school. Consent of the Lawyer Skills Externship Program faculty required for enrollment.

Preferences:

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 2L and 3L students
  • Background in the biological sciences or engineering is useful
  • Students who have taken intellectual property
  • Patent Law
  • Licensing cources and those planning a career in patent law

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