Practice. Reflect. Grow.

Building on more than four decades of clinical education, WashULaw’s Clinical Education Program is considered among the best in the country. It is continuously innovating to meet both the professional practice needs of today’s students and the community’s needs for legal services. Launched in 1973, the program now offers 18 distinct professional practice opportunities across the country and internationally.

At A Glance

WashULaw Clinical Education Program

WashULaw Students Work with Clients in New Immigration Clinic

Law Clinics

Law clinics provide second-and third-year students with an opportunity to engage in real-world practice experience while working closely with faculty members to represent clients in a variety of legal matters. Under faculty supervision, clinic students assume “first chair” responsibility for identifying and solving the client’s legal problem. Each clinic also has a classroom component that allows students to share case ideas and hone their practice skills.

Law Externships

Externships place students in the community as members of law offices and non-profit organizations throughout the state, the country, and the world. Under the guidance of a field placement officer and WashULaw faculty, students gain first-hand experience assisting lawyers and judges in a range of practice areas.

Clinical Experience Guarantee

Washington University School of Law guarantees every interested JD student at least one law clinic or externship experience during his or her second or third year of law school.

Summer Clinical Opportunities

During the summer, WashULaw offers a variety of intensive local, national, and international externships through the Lawyering Practice Externship.