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Small Firm Program

The Small Firm Externship Program engages 3Ls who want to learn specifically about small firm practice settings. Atlanta firms of ten or fewer attorneys host the students and participate in the weekly companion course.

To learn more about becoming a host firm for the Small Firm Externship program, email Derrick Howard.

Prospective Placements

Prospective externship placements can submit an application to join the Small Externship Program online. 


  • Students commit to a minimum of 150 hours and 12–14 weeks.
  • The commitment includes fieldwork (9–11 hours a week) and classwork (1–2 hours a week).
  • Externships include 2 credit hours pass/fail for the fieldwork and 1 hour pass/fail for the course, for a total of 3 credit hours.
  • This program is not eligible fo the higher credit option.


  • Students apply online (via Symplicity) during the externship application period the semester before the externship.
  • Students indicate interest in small firm practice and rank available firms in order of preference.
  • After students have accepted their offers, firms review accepted students' applications, conduct interviews, and rank students in order of preference.
  • The Director matches students to firms based on mutual preferences.