Clinical Education Program

Washington University School of Law’s award-winning Clinical Education Program, consistently ranked among the nation’s premier programs, provides law students with opportunities to learn professional skills and values by working directly with clients, attorneys, judges, and legislators. With 18 distinct law clinics and externships, including programs in Washington, D.C., New York City and internationally, law students have unparalleled opportunities to hone their skills as future practitioners while helping to increase access to justice. 

Founded in 1973, the program enables students to assist needy clients in a full range of substantive areas, including appellate, children's rights, civil rights, criminal defense and prosecution, environmental, housing, immigration, intellectual property, and non-profit and business organization matters.  

Clinical courses are demanding and exhilarating, providing students with real-world substantive, procedural and ethical challenges. In their role as lawyers, students learn problem solving, judgment, advocacy, communication, collaboration, ethics, and the relationship between law, facts, and evidence.

Clinical courses not only help prepare competent and ethical practitioners but law clinics also provide free, high quality legal services for under-represented individuals and groups in the community. Clinics introduce students to public interest lawyering and professional responsibility, inspiring tomorrow's attorneys to work for justice in their professional lives.

Recognizing that acquiring professional skills and values in a real world context is an essential component of legal education, Washington University School of Law guarantees every interested student at least one clinical opportunity during his or her second or third year of law school.