A clinical placement at the Legal Services Center is often the first practical step for many students in their journey into a legal career. Students often comment that they come to the Center wanting to do litigation or transactional work and want to use their clinical experience to see if those choices are really what they want to do. Some students find their career choices reinforced and some decide to change their career paths based upon their clinical experiences.
Whatever a law student is thinking in terms of a career in the law, few other places - inside or outside the law school - offer such a close up and intense opportunity to experience legal practice in a safe environment with real clients with real legal problems as at the Center.
Many students who work at the Center take jobs at large law firms after graduation. They report that their experiences here helped them develop valuable skills that are readily transferable to a firm setting including interviewing, legal and factual analysis, drafting, argument, case management and dealing with ethical and professional issues.
The Center's staff of Clinical Instructors and Fellows -- skilled practitioners and mentors -- will guide and support students through the early stages of their professional development.