WashULaw offers 12 clinics and 6 externships domestically and internationally. Recent international placements include the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; the Legal Aid Board and Lawyers for Human Rights in Durban, South Africa; the Legal Resources Center in Accra, Ghana; the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Nairobi, Kenya. These are challenging, motivating experiences that enable students to apply their knowledge of the law to real situations.
Clinic students will learn advocacy, communication, and collaboration while gaining a thorough knowledge of the law that is vital to justice. The teacher-student ratio is often as low as 1:8, creating an atmosphere for optimum learning. Faculty members supervise and guide students through each stage of their development as they undertake a wide variety of legal work, from client interviewing and counseling to fact investigation, pre-trial practice, litigation, and brief writing.
Participants in the Criminal Justice and Civil Justice Clinics are more likely to appear in court, but students in other clinics will have the opportunity as well. JD students are guaranteed at least one law clinic or externship during their second or third years of study, with topics ranging from criminal justice, children and family law, low income tax, patent law, congressional and administrative law, and supervised practicum clinics.