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Clinical Education at UT Law

Real Cases. Real Experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clinics and Internships

Do students enjoy clinics and internships?
Yes!  Students often report that a clinic or internship is one of their best educational experiences.  Working with the faculty and experienced outside attorneys on real cases can be very rewarding, an excellent way to enhance your skills, and a good way to develop working relationships in the legal community.
Do many students take clinics and internships?
Yes – the majority of our students participate in one or more clinics or internships before graduating.
Which courses will accept students after two semesters of law school?
  • Actual Innocence Clinic
  • Capital Punishment Clinic
  • Civil Rights Clinic
  • Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
  • Environmental Clinic
  • Human Rights Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Legislative Lawyering Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Supreme Court Clinic
  • Transnational Worker Rights Clinic
  • Most internship programs
Do I need to have a career commitment to the area of law covered in a particular course in order to enroll?
No – many students enroll in clinics and internships in order to build their skills and to explore subject areas that they will not pursue immediately following graduation.
Which courses are likely to give me the opportunity to appear in court?
  • Children’s Rights Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Transnational Worker Rights Clinic
  • Prosecution Internship (if you have 43 credit hours)
Are any courses particularly suited for students who are interested in transactional areas of law rather than in litigation?
Yes.  The Entrepreneurship and Community Development, Environmental, and Human Rights clinics involve work that is non-litigation in nature.  Many internships also have placements in non-litigation settings.
May I enroll in a particular clinic or internship more than once?
A small number of students each semester may enroll in a clinic for a second time as Advanced Clinic students, subject to instructor approval.  It is not possible to enroll in an internship program more than once.
Can I take more than one clinic or internship at a time?
It is possible but challenging because of the time commitment required.
Is there any limit to the number of clinics and internships I can take for credit?
No, although a student may count toward a J.D. degree no more than 21 hours of credit from internships, directed study, and non-law courses.
Do I have to pay tuition for an internship?
Yes – an academic internship is considered a course and you must register for it and pay tuition during the semester of your internship. Financial aid is available as for any other course.
Are clinics and internships more work than classroom courses?
Many students report that a clinical program requires as much time as a challenging classroom course.  The workload often varies during the semester, depending on the demands of particular projects.  Most clinics and internships conclude prior to final exams.
How do I enroll in a clinic or internship?
All clinics and internships require an application, which is available on each program website. The instructor must approve your application before you will be permitted to register.