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Certificate in Public Interest Law and Policy

College of Law

Academic Initiative

Groups Served
Graduate

Program Website
Visit the Program Website

Contact Information
Meals, Darcy
dmeals@gsu.edu
404-413-9253

Address
85 Park Place N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Building
College of Law

Campus
Atlanta

Funding

Institutional Funding (e.g., President's Office, Provost Office, College or Academic Unit, Departmental Funding)

Overview

The Certificate in Public Interest Law and Policy prepares GSU Law students to serve traditionally underserved populations. The certificate program allows students to focus on a particular substantive area or to generally explore concepts and practice skills central to public interest and pro bono work. Experiential courses and pro bono volunteer opportunities put theory into practice. With faculty guidance and connections to practitioners, students build a foundation for a career in service.

Benefits

Professional development, academic course credit, faculty advising, service learning

Discipline Focus
Not discipline specific (University-Wide)

Diversity Group ( Social Identity)
Other, Any student can participate

Race/Ethnic Group
Other, Any student can participate

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
08/01/2017

Number Served
0-50

Research Components and Activities

Mentored research experience(s), Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Students in the certificate program complete a substantial writing requirement, supervised by a faculty member.

Self-efficacy Emphasis

Students connect with faculty advisors to receive guidance for curricular and professional achievement. They also complete 40 hours of pro bono service as part of the certificate, learning to see service as part of their professional identity and understanding their ability to create change even while in law school.

Acknowledgement/Affirmation of Identity, Strengths, Needs

Students drive their own experience within the framework of the certificate. They work with faculty advisors to select courses that meet the requirements and their expected career needs/goals.

Examples of Inclusionary Practices and Activities

Not Applicable

Additional Information

verification form to ensure students completed the requirements

Participant Empowerment

Academic recognition (i.e. research credibility, prestige), Publication opportunities, Mentoring opportunities

Mentoring Components

Mentors provide support with goal setting and or career planning, Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluation Methods

other

Anticipated Participant Outcomes

completion of a course(s),conducting research (e.g., course-based, laboratory-based, apprentice-based, discovery-based),increasing academic skill area (s),persisting through current degree program, obtaining employment (industry or other sector)

Outcome Milestones

Program, Initiative, Policy or Sponsored Award Category

Priority 1: Academic Initiative

Established
08/01/2017

Number Served
0-50

Research Components and Activities

Mentored research experience(s), Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework (e.g., workshops, test preparation, mini-courses, specialized course, conference presentations, resume/cv building, tutoring, professional development etiquette

Additional Research Components, Roles and Responsibilities

Students in the certificate program complete a substantial writing requirement, supervised by a faculty member.

Please describe how your program addresses self-efficacy (one's beliefs in their own ability to execute behaviors necessary to perform) in its participants?

Students connect with faculty advisors to receive guidance for curricular and professional achievement. They also complete 40 hours of pro bono service as part of the certificate, learning to see service as part of their professional identity and understanding their ability to create change even while in law school.

How does your program acknowledge or affirm individuals’ different identities, strengths, or needs?

Students drive their own experience within the framework of the certificate. They work with faculty advisors to select courses that meet the requirements and their expected career needs/goals.

Inclusionary practices/activities utilized in your program:

Not Applicable

Additional Information

verification form to ensure students completed the requirements

Participant Empowerment

Academic recognition (i.e. research credibility, prestige), Publication opportunities, Mentoring opportunities

Mentoring Components

Mentors provide support with goal setting and or career planning, Mentors provide support with academic or discipline specific knowledge through direct teaching

Opportunities to Privilege Voice

Evaluation methods are used to substantiate the program’s outcomes:

other

Anticipated participant outcomes for your program:

completion of a course(s),conducting research (e.g., course-based, laboratory-based, apprentice-based, discovery-based),increasing academic skill area (s),persisting through current degree program, obtaining employment (industry or other sector)