Transforming Lives Through Clinical Experiences

The Law School was the first school in the Midwest, and one of the few in the nation, to require clinical experience for graduation. This requirement builds upon the wide range of skills students learn in our #8 ranked Lawyering Skills Program.

Clinical and externship experiences hone students' abilities to perform essential lawyering skills prior to graduation, offer them an assessment of necessary competencies, and help to ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience employers demand most.

These practical experiences have a profound effect on the student attorney as they deepen their understanding of the relationship between the law school doctrine and real-world client environments. Students learn in our clinics, while becoming advocates in our community.

To earn the required credit hours, students choose from 9 clinical opportunities, including Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic, Fair Housing Legal Clinic, Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic, Conflict Resolution Clinic, International Human Rights Clinic, IP Patent Clinic, IP Trademark Clinic, Pro Bono Litigation Clinic, and Veterans Legal Clinic.

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