For more than sixty-five years, the College of Law’s Legal Clinics have provided law students with opportunities to learn by doing—representing clients and helping resolve legal disputes. Our legal clinic is the oldest continually operating clinical program in the nation. We offer the following clinics, practicum, and externships, providing a clinic opportunity for every willing student:
Appellate Litigation Clinic
Business Law Clinic
Domestic Violence Clinic
Education Law Practicum
Family Mediation Clinic
Federal Clemency Mini-Clinic
Innocence/Wrongful Convictions Clinic
Homer A. Jones, Jr. Wills Clinic
The College of Law takes its responsibility to the judicial system seriously. The College through its visionary Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution offers a Concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution designed to help prepare students for the rigors of the practice of law. The Concentration’s tailored curriculum engages students in experiential learning through simulations and real-world experiences helping them to master a variety of lawyering skills. Courses are taught by a highly respected and experienced full-time faculty with diverse backgrounds and adjunct faculty who are members of the state and federal bench and bar. In addition to curricular offerings, the Center sponsors frequent multi-disciplinary symposia, lectures, and special events concerning emerging legal issues in which students, lawyers, judges, and other professionals participate.
The primary purpose of the Institute for Professional Leadership is to provide a single unit within UT Law that focuses and coordinates efforts at UT Law, and in collaboration with other units in the University, to: prepare students intentionally and reflectively to prepare for careers as professionals by providing curricular, extracurricular, and co-curricular programming and opportunities that will facilitate the development of professional values and leadership qualities; produce research and scholarship on topics related to the development of professional values and leadership qualities within the legal profession; and coordinate interdisciplinary symposia and projects.
The Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law seeks to improve the training of business lawyers in both transactional and litigation practices through the College of Law curriculum, its visiting professor program, faculty and student scholarship, the Wills Clinic, and presentations for the business bar and community both regionally and nationwide.