Law Graduate Program
Pairing recent law graduates with legal service organizations to gain experience and provide representation to low-income Georgians.
Need for Legal Representation
Georgia courts closed for three months due to Covid-19. There is a major backlog of cases, especially in the areas of protective orders, landlord-tenant, and criminal cases. At the same time, more families are under financial stress and need low-cost legal services.
Recent Grads Need Experience
Recent law graduates are unable to take the Summer 2020 bar exam, are less likely to be employed, and still want legal experience.
L4EJ provides training and resources allowing recent law graduates to gain legal skills within legal service organizations while representing low-income Georgians.
Law Graduates are given basic training on lawyering skills as well as practice area-specific training in an on-line boot camp.
Law graduates are paired with either a public defender's office or pro bono legal services organization to do direct legal representation.
Law Graduates will have weekly group mentoring, ongoing training, and one-on-one coaching throughout their time in the program.
Public Defender's Office
Under the supervision of a Senior Attorney, Graduates in the Public Defender Program may handle misdemeanor cases in State Court and the Non-Complex division of Superior Court, conduct, legal research, appear at first appearance calendars, pre-try cases with the State, handle bond motions, and possibly handle negotiated pleas. Specific activities will depend on the circuit placement.
Civil Pro Bono
Under the supervision of a senior attorney, graduates in the Civil Pro Bono Program may handle family violence protective orders and/or landlord-tenant cases, including performing research, preparing witnesses, and representing clients at hearings.