In order to be eligible for an Externship or Summer Internship with GLA, potential candidates must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school or paralegal program. Preference is given to those students who have a strong interest in intellectual property and entertainment law. With the addition of the Georgia PATENTS program, GLA also looks for some students with patent bar eligibility.
Externing with GLA provides law students with an opportunity to learn about the exciting world of art and entertainment law. GLA externs receive valuable experience working with clients and attorneys analyzing and resolving various legal issues facing artists and arts organizations. GLA externs are exposed to numerous substantive areas of the law including intellectual property (particularly copyright and trademark), First Amendment, immigration, labor and employment, nonprofit organizations, and other areas within the field of entertainment law.
GLA has a full-time Executive Director who is also a licensed attorney and a part-time Patent Administrator. In addition, GLA usually has several part-time legal fellows, all of whom are law school graduates and/or licensed attorneys. GLA employs student externs each semester and during the summer on a volunteer basis.
GLA externs perform several functions, including interviewing clients, assigning cases, observing and assisting attorneys at walk-in clinics, assisting clients in the use of our resource library, and planning and attending seminars. Externs also have the opportunity to conduct substantive legal research within fields related to art and entertainment law.
The GLA office is open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. GLA requires that externs work at least 10 hours each week during the academic year. Summer Interns should expect to work 10-20 hours each week for 6-10 weeks. Summer Interns are encouraged to split summers, and we try to be as flexible as possible when making up the Summer Internship schedule. All externs/interns are required to work at least two hours at a time, and usually split the hours so as to come into the office two to three days a week.
GLA looks for self-motivated, energetic, reliable law students to staff our office. No previous legal or artistic experience is necessarily required, but those with previous experience in the arts, or those who are patent bar eligible, are encouraged to apply. Due to the nature of the externship, GLA will only consider applicants who are currently enrolled in an accredited law school.
University of Georgia, Georgia State, and Emory University Law School students externing through their schools’ externship programs may receive academic credit for their work at GLA. Other students interested in receiving academic credit should contact their law schools for information on how to receive credit for externships. GLA will work with externs to aid in this process whenever possible. GLA is happy to assist externs with funding through grants from their schools or other grants the extern may find to support work in the public interest. Externs should contact their career services offices to learn more about funding sources that support public interest externships.
For Fall/Spring Externships, interested students from UGA, GSU, or Emory should apply through their schools’ externship program. For other schools, and for all Summer Internships, students may mail or email a current resume, references and a cover letter expressing any relevant experience or interest to: Executive Director, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, King Plow Arts Center Suite J-101 ~ 887 W. Marietta Avenue ~ Atlanta, GA 30318 -OR- email firstname.lastname@example.org (please include “Attention: Externships” in the subject line). For more information regarding GLA and our externship program, contact the Executive Director at the above email or at (404) 873-3911. Summer Internship applicants should send materials starting in early February, and no later than March 1. Applicants for an academic semester should apply no later than the second week of the semester or through the school externship program.