Real Cases. Real Experience.
Friday April 3, 2015
The University of Texas School of Law has one of the largest and most vibrant clinical programs in the country. We established our first clinic in 1974 and have steadily expanded our offerings since then. The majority of our upper-class students participate annually in our sixteen clinics and seven internships.
Students in our clinical courses work on legal issues in real-world settings. While representing clients, working on cases, and serving as interns, students get great first-hand experience and learn how to practice law. Clinics and internships integrate skills, theory, strategy, and law, building a bridge between the classroom and the profession.
In 2014, the Human Rights Clinic (HRC) published a report, entitled “Deadly Heat in Texas Prisons”, challenging extreme heat in Texas prisons and particularly the lack of air conditioning in inmate housing areas. The Clinic conducted research on the current situation in Texas prisons and on domestic and international standards addressing extreme heat. The HRC concluded that extreme heat in prisons endangers the health of inmates and employees, that such conditions are a violation of inmates’ constitutional and human rights, and makes short- and long-term recommendations on how to solve this unacceptable, ongoing problem. Read more …