Clinical Training

Law students at Virginia enjoy an array of clinics and courses that offer a wide range of practical training options. Virginia's 19 clinics, many of which offer contact with clients, build experience with real-world problems. Students also advance their skills through courses in public speaking, trial advocacy and professional responsibility, as well as extracurricular moot court and mock trial competitions.

Clinics

Under the supervision of an attorney, students perform the lawyer functions associated with their cases, including client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of pleadings and negotiation. Students with third-year practice certification may also be responsible for courtroom advocacy. The following clinics are offered most years.

Appellate Litigation
Child Advocacy
Consumer Law
Criminal Defense
Employment Law
Environmental Law and Conservation*
Family Alternative Dispute Resolution
First Amendment Law

Health Law
Litigation and Housing Law
Immigration Law
Innocence Project
International Human Rights*
Nonprofit Clinic
Patent and Licensing I
Patent and Licensing II
Prosecution
Supreme Court Litigation
Transactional Law

*Not offered in 2014-15

Professional Training

Externships
Practical Courses
Trial Advocacy and Public Speaking
Legal Writing Program
Professional Ethics

Related Opportunities

Academic Journals
Trial/Moot Competitions
Working with Faculty
Student-Led Projects