Clinical Education Program
Housed in the Boesche Legal Clinic building, the TU Legal Clinical Program offers students opportunities to represent real clients with real legal problems under the close supervision of experienced attorneys. Our low faculty-to-student ratio in our clinical courses ensures that students have a rich learning experience.
The clinics we offer are the Buck Colbert Franklin Legal Clinic, the Immigrant Rights Project, the Terry West Civil Legal Clinic and the Public Defender Clinic. In each of these clinics, students develop lawyering skills such as client interviewing and counseling, recognizing ethical issues and determining appropriate responses, oral and written advocacy, negotiating, and identifying nonlegal issues that interfere with legal representations. There is no limit to the number of clinics students can take. Students seeking to develop these skills often enroll in multiple clinics during their time in law school because the lawyering skills students develop are transferable to the practice of any type of law.
In addition to client work, students also participate in clinic seminars where they learn how to present cases, assist colleagues with legal strategy questions, moot their case advocacy proceedings, study different models of lawyering as well as the access to justice gap, the systems in which attorneys work, and how those factors impact their clients and their representation of their clients.