Law clinics and externships place students into real-world settings, providing an intimate view of the law and the difference the profession makes. This includes the personal and civil rights issues facing society today. The value of this real-life education to you, to clients and to prospective employers is huge — and we have a reputation for doing it well.
Through our 20 clinic practice areas, you’ll be guaranteed the opportunity to provide free legal aid to underserved residents: single parents, children, immigrants, veterans or indigent clients with a tax problem. Your supervising lawyers are faculty who are invested not only in the well-being of your clients, but also in how you grow professionally and personally.
Your experiences in our clinics will change you. You will have the opportunity to interview clients or represent them in front of a judge. You could be called on to question a witness on the stand. Through your work, you will positively impact the lives of others — whether working for a client in a tax dispute or housing issue, or helping a former inmate re-enter the workforce. Because Connecticut allows supervised law students to represent clients as early as their second year, we’ve designed our programs to offer you hands-on experience as soon as you’ve completed your first year.
Working directly with legal professionals will challenge you, and show you how lawyers, judges and mediators integrate theory and skill. You can choose from many areas of practice — such as criminal, corporate, health, family, employment or intellectual property. You will be involved with actual legal work, side-by-side with practitioners in real time, then have an opportunity for reflection with your peers and your professor. Whether you enroll in a clinic, an externship or both — when you graduate you'll be ready to get to work on day one.