Experiential Learning

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Experience will shape your education from the very beginning. Our experiential learning opportunities provide a number of options to put legal theory into action through clinical programming and field placements. Clinical programs provide substantial lawyering experience to students by providing them with the opportunity to directly advise or represent real clients under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Field placements also provide substantial lawyering experience to students that is similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks in a real-world setting outside of a law clinic.

Our student organizations, journals, moot court, trial teams, and pro bono opportunities will complement your coursework and career goals. You’ll find yourself surrounded by opportunities to advance your legal knowledge through practical experience.

Clinics

Appellate Advocacy Clinic

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Micro-Trade Clinic

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Provides students to explore issues of development and trade as well as with an opportunity to work with clients while exploring the culture of Nicaragua.

Veterans Legal Clinic

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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.

 

Field Placements

Geneva Externship Program

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Presents students with the opportunity to work in an externship in Geneva, Switzerland, for school credit beginning spring semester 2018. The program is similar to the Washington, D.C.,  externship program, in that it offers students credit for interning in governmental or non-profit organizations. Geneva is the location of a large number of international organizations, including the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, and of many civil society organizations that focus on international issues.

Litigation Externship Clinic

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Places students 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.

Carolina Externship

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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

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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.

Prosecution Externship

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Places selected students in a prosecutor’s office. Students engage in the kinds of activities a prosecutor does, under a supervising attorney in the office. Customized learning objectives are established for each student and achieved through a variety of practice experiences.

Washington, D.C. Externship Opportunities

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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.

Public Interest Externship

Gives selected students the chance complete a supervised significant research assignment for a public interest organization in Washington, D.C.

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.