Clinical Opportunities


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

Listed below are clinical courses available to all law students at Washington University Law.

Appellate Clinic   Judicial Clerkship Externship  
Children's Rights Clinic   Lawyering Practice Externship  
Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation   Low Income Taxpayer Clinic 
Congressional & Administrative Law Externship   New York City Regulatory and Business Externship  
Corporate Judicial Externship   Post-Conviction Relief Clinical Practicum 
Criminal Justice Clinic   Prosecution Clinic 
Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Clinic   Semester-in-Practice Externship 
Government Lawyering  Summer Clinical Opportunities 
Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic  Supervised Practicum  
International Justice and Conflict Resolution Externship   Urban Revitalization Clinical Practicum 

Law Clinics

The school’s law clinics provide free legal assistance to underrepresented individuals and organizations that cannot otherwise afford legal representation while also working to benefit Missouri and Illinois communities.

Students enrolled in law clinics develop important professional skills as members of professional legal teams. Under the direction of clinical program faculty, clinic students provide legal advice and litigation or transactional assistance to clients on a wide range of legal matters from individual disputes or transactions, to complex litigation and policy advocacy, to creating property rights in intellectual property, to advising the development of new legal entities and organizational policies. Washington University students from disciplines such as social work, engineering, environmental studies, and medicine also enroll in some of the clinics.

Most students will undertake a variety of legal work, including client interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, pretrial practice, litigation, appeals, business planning and drafting, oral advocacy, and motion and brief writing. Law students in the Criminal Justice, Prosecution, and Children's Rights Clinics are most likely to appear in court, but students in the Interdisciplinary Environmental and Appellate Clinics also have opportunities to appear in court. Students in the transactional Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property and Low Income Taxpayer Clinics will work with individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses all with an aim of structuring, organization, developing agreements, or avoiding litigation. Faculty members directly supervise and guide all phases of student practice, encouraging students to treat cases and projects as their own and to assume both the initiative and responsibility for the progress and successful completion of their cases or projects. The clinics are designed to help students develop their skills in and perspectives on client advocacy and develop a structured, reflective approach to the lawyering process that will assist them in their legal career.

Externships

Our rich and diverse group of externship courses place students out in the community as members of law offices and community organizations at which students provide legal services under the direct supervision of an on-site attorney or judge. These courses expose students to a variety of legal settings in non-profit, community, governmental and judicial offices, and a variety of experiences in litigation, policy, judicial and organizational advocacy. These externships are local, national and international and include such placements as federal public defender offices, United States Attorneys offices, local, national and international courts, legal services organizations, and congressional and administrative offices in Washington, D.C. Washington University Law faculty supervise the experiences of the students in these courses, staying in close contact with the students and their externship supervisors to help students develop their legal skills and to provide a framework for reflection and insight into the practice of law and legal profession.

Summer Clinical Opportunities

During the summer, Washington University Law offers a variety of intensive local, national, and international externships, through the Lawyering Practice Externship (LPE).  In the summer LPE, students may seek placements in the regular offices utilize during the regular academic year or in similar placements in other locations in the United States and abroad.