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  • Locations: Various Cities, Various Countries
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Category: UGA Independent Experience Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: NO
College/School: Law Language Program: NO
Program Description:


UGA - Law - GEO Externship

The law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center coordinates Global Externships Overseas (GEOs) for currently enrolled Georgia Law Students who will return for at least one additional year of law school in 2022-2023.

Over the last fifteen years, more than 200 Georgia Law students have taken part in these GEOs, working with attorney supervisors and local staff. They return to Athens with new colleagues and mentors, with law-practice skills, and with deeper appreciation of the global legal profession.

Each year, the Dean Rusk International Law Center considers customized placements based on each applicant's professional goals, geographic preferences, and individual skillsets. Recent placements have included:


  • Law firms like DLA Piper in Russia, GÖRG in Germany, Priti Suri & Associates in India, Siqueira Castro Advogadoes in Brazil, and King & Wood Mallesons in China
  • Government agencies like the Cambodia Ministry of Arts & Antiquities and the Guyana Office of the Attorney General
  • Corporate legal departments like the Clorox Company in Argentina and Fererro in Luxembourg
  • Intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in France, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Italy, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SREP) in Samoa
  • Nongovernmental organizations like War Child in the Netherlands, Boat People SOS in Thailand, and Women in Law and Development in Ghana
Application Process

Interested and eligible students should complete an application and indicate their preferences. While a meeting with the Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation, Sarah Quinn, is not required as part of this process, it is highly encouraged. Applications will be reviewed in early March of each year, and decisions regarding placements will be made by mid-March. Once a student accepts their placement, they will be connected to the placement's contact to move forward with travel and housing arrangements.

While the Dean Rusk International Law Center commits to making every effort to finding eligible students suitable placements, there is no guarantee that a student will be placed. Please note that while we will make every effort to secure placements in time for the Public Interest Law Fellowship deadline, we cannot guarantee a placement by that date.

All students who accept placements are required to attend a pre-travel briefing. The date and time will be announced in early April, after placements are assigned.

At the end of the summer, GEO students must complete a post-externship questionnaire and deliver five high-resolution photos depicting both their work and their travel experiences.


There is no fee associated with participating in a GEO. In coordination with their placements, students are responsible for making their own travel and housing arrangements, and for all expenses incurred in the course of the GEO. Costs will vary greatly based on the student's location.

Each year, the Dean Rusk International Law Center considers applicants for the GEO for a limited number of travel stipends. The exact amount can vary from year to year, and there is no guarantee that a student will receive a stipend. 

Global Governance Summer School

Students are encouraged to consider combining their GEOs with the Global Governance Summer School (GGSS). The GGSS is designed to provide students with an academic context for the professional experience offered by the GEOs. For more information about this opportunity, please visit the GGSS program page.


Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Sarah Quinn
Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation
Dean Rusk International Law Center
University of Georgia School of Law
(706) 542-5176

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I believe this experience will open so many doors for me because it is unique and helped improve my knowledge of unfamiliar areas of law. As well, my second-language skills improved.
     — Emily Doumar, Summer 2019

This program is currently not accepting applications.