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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.

UT Law School Students Inform United Nations' Opinion on Arbitrary Detention

UT Law School students stand in front of the Palais des Nations, home to the United Nations office in Geneva, to file the complaint on behalf of Obaidullah.

A United Nations Working Group released an opinion earlier this month condemning the "prolonged and indefinite" detention of a detainee at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The ruling was a result of a complaint submitted by the Human Rights Clinic and National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. In its opinion, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ruled that the detainee's "prolonged and indefinite" detention violates human rights law, lacks any legal justification, does not afford adequate due process guarantees and is discriminatory. The ruling came after the Working Group examined a complaint filed by three students from the Law School's Human Rights Clinic and two from its National Security Clinic arguing the detention of Obaidullah, an Afghan native being held in Guantanamo Bay prison without charge or trial, violated international human rights standards. Read more …