Wake Forest Law is committed to helping you practice what you learn. Through several outstanding programs—some curricular, some extracurricular, and some co-curricular—our students work, argue, research, write, and practice, often while helping citizens in need. Our approach tightly integrates study, practice, and experience, and it develops great lawyers. In addition to the following clinics and externships, we offer practical skills courses as well as co-curricular opportunities such as journals and moot court and trial competition teams. See an overview of our clinical programs.
Represents low-income clients in all sorts of appeals, both civil and criminal, and in a variety of appellate courts, including the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. Students handle an actual appeal from start to finish.
Focuses on the representation of children in custody cases and in issues involving the public school system. Students study the various models for representing children and analyze the ethical issues raised in the various settings.
Concentrates on the transactional aspects of nonprofit organizations, small business start-ups, and arts and entertainment law. Provides students with the skills needed to practice in a complex legal and regulatory environment.
Exposes students to both the legal issues and medical aspects of this growing practice area. Students represent clients in wills, guardianship, fraud, and other matters.
Provides students with the opportunity to learn about the causes of wrongful convictions while giving them the opportunity to apply this knowledge to the investigation of cases where evidence can prove a client’s innocence.
Civil and Criminal Externship Clinic
Incorporates the full spectrum of the practice of law with concurrent civil and criminal law placements. Students work with supervising attorneys in offices large and small, public and private, in a wide range of practice areas.
Students are placed with supervising attorneys in offices large and small, public and private, in a wide range of practice areas. We believe we are the only clinic in the country that requires each student to have concurrent civil and criminal law placements. The idea is for students to confront not only issues of property and money but life and liberty, while rounding out a skill set that will serve both the student and their future clients well.
Grants selected students the opportunity to spend a semester in practice in Washington, D.C. The program includes a programmatic initiative that includes classes, conferences, symposia, and lectures. Students intern in a government agency or non-governmental organization.
Allows selected students to spend a summer month in Charlotte practicing in a corporate or business setting. The program involves a class and externship placement where students may expect to work on issues affecting corporations. Placements in other cities may be available, with course work handled by distance education.
Enables selected students to be placed with judges in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. Students spend time in court with their mentoring judge as well as researching and writing. While the majority of placements are within the Triad, students may also recruit their own judges in any location.
Presents selected students with the opportunity to work in some of America’s most vibrant courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Students engage in the kinds of tasks performed by law clerks, under the immediate supervision of an experienced attorney, and attend class.
Public Interest Externship
Gives selected students the chance complete a supervised significant research assignment for a public interest organization in Washington, D.C.