Clinical Education Program
The Clinical Education Program at the on-campus Boesche Legal Clinic prepares students for the practice of law through a combination of real-world experience, intensive supervision, and dynamic seminars. While enrolled in a clinic, students engage in the practice of law by representing clients in a range of legal matters under the supervision and guidance of clinical faculty. The clinic functions as a law firm, and students experience the formation and development of the attorney-client relationship and accompanying professional obligations through direct representation of clients as they begin to develop their professional advocacy skills.
Clinic students also provide essential legal services to underserved individuals and communities. By engaging in public interest legal practice, clinic students have the opportunity to critically reflect on the justice system, and their role in it, in the context of their development as lawyers. Many students find that a clinic experience is the most valuable, rewarding, and challenging aspect of their legal education. The faculty-to-student ratio in clinical courses is extremely low (typically a clinical faculty member teaches no more than 8 students), in order to ensure students receive an intensive and enriching experience.
During their second and third years, students may enroll in the Immigrant Rights Project and the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic. Both clinics are one-semester courses, but opportunities exist for students to participate in advanced clinic placements in subsequent semesters.