Professor Clark Cunningham, Professor and W. Lee Burge Chair of Law and Ethics at the Georgia State University College of Law, outlines in the current edition of the Georgia Bar Journal the new law student practice rule recently published by the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Office of Bar admissions.
Cunningham’s summary of the new practice rules is laid out here:
An entirely new student practice rule was adopted by the Georgia Supreme Court effective August 15, 2015 after a five year review process. Major changes: (1) Students are eligible after the completion of the first year of law school; (2) Client eligibility is changed from indigency to “unable financially to pay” for legal services and non-profit organizations can also be represented if their purpose “is to assist low or moderate income persons” (3) Student practice can be supervised by any member of the State Bar, thus opening up the possibility of student practice in the setting of law firm pro bono work; and (4) While the old rule only referred to “assist[ing]in proceedings” and required authorization by “the court where such authority is to be exercised” the new rule authorizes students to “advise, prepare legal instruments, appear before courts and administrative agencies and otherwise take action” on behalf of an eligible client and authorization is provided through registration with the Office of Bar Admissions.
You can read a complete analysis of the new law student practice rules here.