Community Legal Clinics
Help Fund Our Community Advocacy & Representation of the Underserved
Help support the experience-based training our students need to be prepared to change lives. By supporting our experiential education programs, you can be part of the more than $5M dollar pro-bono impact our students have on the people of Chicago and beyond.
The Law School was the first school in the Midwest, and one of the few in the nation, to require clinical experience for graduation. This requirement builds upon the wide range of skills students build in our Lawyering Skills Program.
Clinical and externship experiences hone students' abilities to perform essential lawyering skills before graduation, offer them an assessment of necessary competencies, and help to ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge, skills, experience, and values employers demand most.
These practical experiences have a profound effect on our student attorneys as they deepen their understanding of the relationship between the doctrinal law school and real-world client environments. Students learn in our clinics, while becoming advocates in our community.
To fulfill their required experiential credit hours, students work in one of our Community Legal Clinics—Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic, Fair Housing Legal Clinic, International Human Rights Clinic, IP Patent Clinic, IP Trademark Clinic, Pro Bono Litigation Clinic, and Veterans Legal Clinic—and/or one of 50+ externships.