Western New England University School of Law is committed to providing students with the opportunity to be immersed in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment which allows them to understand the practice of law more fully.
Experiential learning has a high priority at Western New England University School of Law. Our clinical programs allow you to apply legal theory learned in the classroom to real-life lawyering, representing actual clients in real cases. These programs prepare you for the practice of law, as you gain practical knowledge and begin to develop professional skills and values under the supervision of experienced practitioners and a faculty member. In addition to providing valuable firsthand experience, clinics help develop essential lawyering skills such as legal writing, interviewing, and negotiation. Professors Tina Cafaro and Lauren Carasik discuss the value and excitement of our clinical courses in our Perspectives article. Click here to view the article "Clinical Experience: Translating Theory into Practice". Also, click here to view the Perspectives article "Ready to Practice" which talks about the hands-on experiential learning opportunities available at Western New England University School of Law.
Participation in a clinical program also offers an exciting and creative way to establish connections with practicing attorneys and to build a resume of legal experience.
Click here to view our Experiential Learning Brochure.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
CLINICS & PRACTICUMS
Criminal Law Prosecution Clinic
International Human Rights Clinic
Legal Services Clinic
Small Business Clinic
Criminal Law Defense Practicum
Real Estate Practicum
Law Practice Externships
Students work in a nonprofit or governmental agency or organization, or law firm and participate in a Seminar designed to provide an opportunity for structured reflection on the role of the lawyer.
Students work in various judicial settings and participate in a Seminar designed to complement the individual work experience by providing structured reflection on many aspects of the roles of courts, judges and lawyers in society.
Student Secured Externships
Students may secure their own judicial, public interest or private sector externship placement with prior approval.
Please view the EXTERNSHIP HANDBOOK for an overview of the policies and procedures relevant to the Western New England University School of Law Externship Program.
IMPORTANT EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION
|Click here to listen to a short overview of the Externship Program.|
|Click here to view a slide presentation.|
|EXTERNSHIP ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS|
|EXTERNSHIP APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES|
|FAQs for EXTERNSHIPS|
|Externship Application Period for Spring 2016 placements will take place in October, 2015.|
Questions? Contact Marie Fletcher at Tel.: 413-782-1469 or email: email@example.com.
"The Legal Services Clinic was an experience I will never forget. I worked in the Family Law unit and the amount of time and the breadth of knowledge that my Supervisor and Professor provided were invaluable. I was given opportunities to create and sustain client relationships on my own. I felt prepared and confident in all my court appearances because I took with me the assurance that I had a solid background and foundation of knowledge. I would recommend everyone take part in the Clinical experience as it prepares law students for the world outside of the classroom."
Class of 2007