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Clinical Education at UT Law

Real Cases. Real Experience.

General Information on Clinics and Internships

Spring 2014–Fall 2014

UT Law offers extensive clinical education opportunities, with seventeen clinics covering a range of legal issues and numerous internships in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, domestic and international courts, and the legislature. The courses are challenging and require students to make a significant commitment of time and effort. They are also very popular, and enrollment is limited due to our high faculty-to-student ratio.

Clinical courses are valuable for all students, whether they are interested in litigation or transactional practice. The intensive nature of clinical work helps develop analytical and advocacy skills, and offers hands-on practice in factual investigation, research and writing, trial advocacy, problem solving, client relations, and professional responsibility. Students gain useful work experience through regular interaction with clients, attorneys, judges, and other professionals. Many students also have the rewarding opportunity to assist needy clients and communities.

Clinics

Clinic students provide legal services directly or work closely with faculty members on complex cases. They represent clients during the preparation, trial, and appeal of cases in litigation or in law-related transactions and projects. Each clinic consists of a classroom component and a casework component. Student work is closely supervised by the clinical faculty. All clinics are graded on a pass/fail basis, and there is no final paper or examination. Clinic students must pay a $100 fee. All clinics require an application (available on each clinic homepage).

Internships

Internship students work closely with experienced attorneys and judges in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, domestic and international courts, and the legislature. Each internship consists of a classroom component and closely supervised work outside the law school at an approved field placement. All internships are graded on a pass/fail basis, and there is no final paper or examination. All internships require an application (available on each internship homepage). No salary may be received for internships (although students may be able to accept limited stipends for educational or unusual living expenses).

For questions, contact Eden Harrington, Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Public Service, eharrington@law.utexas.edu.