This clinical internship provides a unique opportunity for law students to gain hands-on experience and work closely with experienced attorneys at approved nonprofit placements for academic credit. The class component of the program is designed to enhance the educational experience of students by giving them the opportunity to reflect on their internship experiences and to understand the broader landscape of nonprofit lawyering in which their placement is situated. Through the class, students will deepen their understanding of public interest lawyering, strategic development in nonprofit legal organizations, ethical issues that confront public interest lawyers, and the role of lawyers in increasing access to justice and in social change movements.
Placement supervisors are experienced attorneys who broadly expose students to the legal activities of their offices, oversee varied and demanding assignments, and provide regular feedback on student performance. The instructor consults with students about possible nonprofit placements, and each placement must be approved by the instructor prior to registration.
Students are required to work at least 180 hours at their internships, and students may not receive a salary for their internship work. Class will meet eight times during the semester.
This program is open to students who have completed the first two semesters of law school. Please review the course page on the clinical website for additional information and the course application.