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Clinical Education at UT Law

Real Cases. Real Experience.

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, adding seven new courses in the last three years. Over 400 upper-class students participate annually in our seventeen clinics and six 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.

American DREAMers: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Legal Clinics

Photo of students participating in DACA clinic

The DACA program allows people who came to the United States as children, and who also meet several key criteria, to request deferred action on their immigration status for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They would then be eligible for work authorization. For Barbara Hines, codirector of the Law School's Immigration Clinic, the executive announcement— which came after years of trying to pass a legislative bill called the DREAM Act, which would have provided permanent residence status for young people who immigrated to the United States as children ("DREAMers")— led very quickly to action. Read more …