GSU Students: Try a Clinic to Experience a New Area of the Law

chris experienceWhy should Georgia State Law students take a clinic?  Christopher Pugh, JD ’16 says law students should experience a clinic to try out new areas of law:

Pugh said, “I joined the Investor Advocacy Clinic here at Georgia State to gain experience in arbitration, an expanding field of law. Through the clinic’s direct work with real clients, clinic students can experience all stages of dispute resolution and skills in case management, client selection and even law firm management. The practical skills students learn in the clinic are exactly what employers are looking for. 

Apply by February 28 for the fall 2018 in-house clinics.  Applications available here.

Join a Clinic to Find Your Career Path: Apply Now for Fall 2018

Applications for the three in-house clinics’ fall 2018 semesters are due February 28 before 11:59 pm at  insidelaw.gsu.edu/clinic-application.  Why should you consider joining the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), Investor Advocacy Clinic (IAC) or Philip C. Cook Low Income Taxpayer Clinic?  Read former IAC intern Qudsiq Shafiq’s take on how clinic helped her discover her path in law:

Law IACBy: Qudsia Shafiq, Fall 2017 IAC Student Intern

In Fall 2016, I enrolled in the business arbitration practicum without any prior knowledge about FINRA, arbitration or the securities industry. After one semester of the Business Arbitration Practicum course and two semesters of the Investor Advocacy Clinic, I can confidently say that this was the most impactful experience during law school because of what I learned.

First, I learned what other courses didn’t teach me.

  • I learned to work closely with two different groups of individuals (both of whom I now consider my clinic family);
  • I learned how to interview, communicate and build relationships with (potential) clients, attorneys, and other similar clinic students;
  • I learned to confidently draft complex statements of claim, demand letters, and memos;
  • I learned about different damage theories and how to apply them in calculating damages to accurately represent our investors’ losses;
  • I learned how to run a law firm – being mindful of timekeeping and time management; and
  • I learned how to be a more efficient and effective attorney from my peers and Professor Iannarone, who constructively challenged my approaches, ideas, and resolution recommendations.

The Clinic provided a safe learning environment where I could express any ideas without fear of placing a client’s matter in jeopardy.

Second, and most importantly, the Clinic allowed me to find an area of law I was passionate about and an area that combined all my interests. I entered the clinic knowing I was interested in transactional work, advocating for underrepresented or aggrieved individuals and finance/business; but what I unexpectedly discovered was my interest in capital markets, alternative methods of dispute resolution, securities regulation and the role of government agencies.

Third, the Clinic provided me with invaluable opportunities such as partnering with the Secretary of State Securities Division to investigate consumer complaints and my personal favorite – testifying before the SEC’s Investor Advocacy Committee in Washington, D.C.

All this to say, that a decision to enroll in a law school course and clinic, led me to an unexpected career path – a decision and opportunity that I am eternally grateful for.

GSU Students: Try a Clinic to Practice Being a Lawyer

Click here to learn why Michael McLaughlin, JD ’14, now an attorney at Jones Day in Atlanta, believes law students should join a clinic.

McLaughlin says, “Try a clinic to practice being a lawyer.  I would participate again in the Investor Advocacy Clinic because it is such a unique law school experience. Unlike a typical law school class where work is assigned individually, you work side by side with your classmates and the Clinic’s Director to accomplish your tasks.  Unlike a typical law school class where education occurs solely in the classroom, you personally interact with members of the community by providing investor representation and education.  And unlike a typical law school class where you feel like a student, the Clinic provides an atmosphere for you to feel like a lawyer.”

Learn more about the three Georgia State Law in-house clinics, the Health Law Partnership Clinic (HeLP), Investor Advocacy Clinic, and Tax Clinic, including how to apply during these events:

  • Monday, February 12 12:00-1:00 pm: Preparing to Practice Panel: HeLP, Investor Advocacy and Tax Clinics, Room 241.  Meet with new and experienced lawyers who will share how working in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, and the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic can help students make the move from student to successful attorney and obtain meaningful employment.  Food will be served.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 12:00-1:00 pm and 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Experiential Course Fair, law school atrium.  Meet with representatives of College of Law experiential courses, including the in house clinics, to learn more about opportunities at the College of Law.
  • Wednesday, February 21 5:00-6:00 pm: Preparing to Practice Panel: HeLP, Investor Advocacy and Tax Clinics, Room 246.  Meet with new and experienced lawyers who will share how working in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, and the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic can help students make the move from student to successful attorney and obtain meaningful employment.  Food will be served.

GSU Students: Try a Clinic Because it is the Best Thing You’ll Do in Law School

sandy bestTry a Clinic Because it’s the Best Thing You’ll Do in Law School

GSU law alum Cassandra Bradford, who  participated in both the Investor Advocacy Clinic and the Philip C. Cook Low Income Taxpayer Clinic before graduating reflected upon her clinic experiences when she was still in law school.  She said to fellow students:

“Participating in clinics was the best thing I have done in law school. Even if you work at a law firm, you rarely get the opportunity to practice law and handle your own cases while having a mentor and supervisor to guide your steps.  I got to learn the essential lawyering skills that are not taught in law school, like how to build a good client relationship and how to handle a difficult situation.  Clinics offer the chance to dive into a field and see if you really have a passion for something, and helped me decide what I want to do.”

Students: Learn About the HeLP, Investor Advocacy and Tax Clinics

GSU Law Students: Are you interesting in serving real clients and experiencing law practice in law school?  Do you know what students in the HeLP, Investor Advocacy, or Tax Clinics do?  Do you know what clinic is right for you?

Come meet with us and learn more about the three Georgia State Law in-house clinics, the Health Law Partnership Clinic (HeLP), Investor Advocacy Clinic, and Tax Clinic, including how to apply during these events:

  • Monday, February 12 12:00-1:00 pm: Preparing to Practice Panel: HeLP, Investor Advocacy and Tax Clinics, Room 241.  Meet with new and experienced lawyers who will share how working in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, and the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic can help students make the move from student to successful attorney and obtain meaningful employment.  Food will be served.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 12:00-1:00 pm and 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Experiential Course Fair, law school atrium.  Meet with representatives of College of Law experiential courses, including the in house clinics, to learn more about opportunities at the College of Law.  King of Pops will be there.
  • Wednesday, February 21 5:00-6:00 pm: Preparing to Practice Panel: HeLP, Investor Advocacy and Tax Clinics, Room 246.  Meet with new and experienced lawyers who will share how working in the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, and the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic can help students make the move from student to successful attorney and obtain meaningful employment.  Food will be served.

I’m a Little Teacup (REITs)

By Eric Peters, Fall 2017 IAC Student Intern

I’m a little REIT trust,

Real estate packed.

Income production,

Is how I’m backed.

Specialized in one type,

A typical fact.

Residential, commercial knacks.

 

Three types of REIT stock,

Know what you like.

Equity, mortgage,

Hybrid’s a type!

Leveraging is crucial,

Keep safety in sight.

Debt can bring,

Your fears to light.

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