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Experiential Learning

Wake Forest Law is committed to helping you practice what you learn. Through several outstanding programs — some curricular, some extracurricular, and some co-curricular — 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.

Appellate Advocacy Clinic

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.

Child Advocacy Clinic

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.

Community Law and Business Clinic

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.

Elder Law Clinic

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.

Innocence and Justice Clinic

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.

Litigation Externship Clinic

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.

Micro-Trade Development Clinic

This clinic looks at issues of development and trade and provides students with an opportunity to work with clients while exploring the culture of Nicaragua.

Veterans Legal Clinic

Allows selected students to work under the supervision of a practicing attorney to provide legal assistance on a pro-bono basis to North Carolina military personnel, including active-duty service members, reservists, veterans, and non-affiliated veterans.

Metropolitan Externship

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.

Carolina Externship

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.

Judicial Externship

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.

Washington, D.C., Summer Judicial Externship

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.