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.
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Experiential Learning Requirements
The experiential learning requirement at Western New England School of Law is designed to help give law students a chance to get real-world legal experience before graduation. Students entering in the Fall of 2014 and therefater are required to complete 6 experiential learning credits.
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.
IMPORTANT EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM INFORMATION
|View the EXTERNSHIP HANDBOOK for an overview of the policies and procedures relevant to the Western New England University School of Law Externship Program.|
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|EXTERNSHIP ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS|
|EXTERNSHIP APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES|
|FAQs for EXTERNSHIPS|
|Externship Application Deadline Date for Fall 2016 placements is March 27, 2016.|
MOOT COURT COMPETITION TEAMS
Western New England University School of Law offers numerous opportunities for students to hone their professional lawyering skills through legal competitions. Through various inter-law school and intramural moot court teams students have ample opportunity to add valuable experiences to their law school education.
SIMULATIONS AND SPECIALIZED SKILLS COURSES
Western New England School of Law offers a number of courses that help students learn by engaging in simulations of the kind of real-world lawyering that normally takes place outside of the classroom. These courses teach oral argument skills, negotiation skills, mediation skills, transactional and litigation drafting skills, problem solving, and much more.
PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES
Western New England University School of Law has a long tradition of service in Springfield and surrounding communities. In the spring of 2011, the faculty of Western New England Law acknowledged the importance of this service by adopting a pro bono graduation requirement. In order to graduate, students must complete 20 hours of pro bono service. The Pro Bono program allows students to provide legal services to underrepresented community members while honing their own legal skills.
Click here for a list of courses that satisfy Experiential Learning Credits required for graduation.
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