Georgia law debuts Washington semester program

The University of Georgia School of Law is letting a group of its students live and work in the nation’s capitol for a semester.

The Athens, Ga. school will debut the real world program to a group of 15 students this spring. UGA is following other law schools, like Albany Law School of New York, that take advantage of D.C.’s countless learning opportunities by offering students the chance to study there for a semester.

Participants can opt to live in housing maintained by UGA in the D.C. area while working 35 hours per week at legal posts with government agencies and D.C. headquarters of top organizations, among other placements.

Students will also take a non-clinical course taught by a professor from a D.C. law school and a clinic seminar class, earning 13 credits for the semester.

Jessica Heywood, a 1997 graduate of Georgia Law, was hired to recruit and maintain ongoing contact with externship sites, teach the clinic seminar class, and supervise and mentor students in the program.

She most recently worked at Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law as director of employer outreach.