Why Join the Investor Advocacy Clinic?

By Michael Williford, Fall 2016 Student Intern
My experience in the Investor Advocacy Clinic has provided me the greatest joy when I get to interact with clients. The Clinic setting provides the unique opportunity to apply law school lessons to real-world legal issues. Interacting with the client reminds me that the practical experience students covet has consequences for regular citizens. Clients don’t turn to the IAC because everything has gone according to plan in their retirement investments; they turn to the Clinic because they’ve lost a portion of what they’ve worked hard to earn. It’s a pleasure to help them recoup some of those losses.

Apply for the Spring 2018 clinic class here.  Applications are due 9/27.

Experiential Course Fair Today

We look forward to having you join us for the Experiential Course Fair today.  This is an excellent way to learn more about what opportunities are available to you, including how to join one of our three in-house clinics: the HeLP Clinic, Investor Advocacy Clinic, and Tax Clinic.  Come ask questions of students who are currently enrolled in the clinics and learn about other experiential offerings at the College of Law.

There will be two sessions for the fair, the first at noon and the second at 5:00 pm.

Panel Discussion on September 7, “Preparing for Practice: Introduction to the College of Law’s In-House Clinics”

GSU Law Students: Please join the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, Investor Advocacy Clinic, and Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7 in Room 241 for our panel discussion on Preparing for Practice. Practicing attorneys will speak about their experiences working in the Clinics, how they developed their professional skills through participating in Clinics, and how the Clinic experience has helped in their job search and law practice. Lunch will be provided!

GSU Students: Learn More About the Center for Clinical Programs

Investor Advocacy Clinic Shoot

GSU Law Students: Are you interested in learning more about the three in-house clinics at Georgia State?  Join us today, Wednesday, September 13, at the Experiential Course Information Fair at 12:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. in the atrium.  Clinic representatives will be on hand to answer your questions.

The Investor Advocacy Clinic: Our Little Law Firm

By Qudsia Shafiq, Spring 2017 Student Intern

I entered the Investor Advocacy Clinic with the naïve goal of mastering securities. While I may not have “mastered” securities, I certainly achieved my goal of learning about securities and securities-related laws – but surprisingly, I left with much more: lifelong friendships, mentors with professionally diverse backgrounds, experiences with clients at different stages in the client relationship, and ultimately, a sense of accomplishment that I could not have achieved in another class.

Helping a client obtain a favorable result within the first few weeks of the clinic was a rewarding start to the semester and reinforced the clinic’s primary goal of helping clients with securities-related issues through arbitration. This set a positive tone for what was yet to come. But the clinic’s flexibility in selecting topics and issues to address, determining which cases to take on, accepting a variety of clients, and being open to collaborate with other organizations to address relevant issues is what allowed it to be an invaluable experience.

This flexible approach directly resulted in students having the opportunity to participate and learn about a variety of issues. How many students can say they researched cutting-edge issues in the financial industry, addressed the current administration’s stance on fiduciary duties, participated in phone conferences with leading lawyers across the country, and did so all in one semester while independently handling cases from intake forward?

In retrospect, joining the clinic was one of the best decisions I have made in law school thus far. Unlike my externships, internships, and jobs, the Investor Advocacy Clinic has provided me the opportunity to undertake the assignments I would be given at a law firm, exposed me to the variety of issues even a niche-practice encounters, all within the comfort of an in-house clinic. This little law firm enjoys abundant resources, strong bonds within and with other clinics, where advice and input is always kindly offered and receiving feedback is the norm. And this is exactly why I can’t wait to come back for my second semester of IAC Clinic II in the fall!