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Choosing a Clinic

Working in the Fed Lit Clinic gave me the confidence I needed to be a successful litigator. Before starting my job, I already had experience deposing witnesses, writing discovery motions, counseling clients and preparing for trial, which gave me a significant advantage over my peers. The most important thing I learned from my professors was to 'own my case,' a lesson I still carry with me in every case.

Kristen McIntosh
New York City Law Department
Federal Litigation Clinic 2012

Why participate in a Clinic?

Because experience matters.  And Clinic experience is the real thing.  It will make you invaluable to any employer.

When you participate in a clinic -- any clinic -- you gain real practical experience. You draft memos. You conduct research. You appear in court. You negotiate with adversaries and with collaborators. You counsel clients. You represent clients. You own the experience that gives you an advantage when employers choose whom to hire.

How to choose a clinic from among the 18 we offer.

  • You know which area of the law you intend to practice in and wish to increase your depth of knowledge while developing the experience necessary to jump start your career.
  • You wish to explore a new area of interest. Whatever your choice of clinic, you will expand your in-depth knowledge of the practice of law and possess skills that apply to any area.

Whatever your choice, know that clinical professors and peers will support you in every way and give you the attention you deserve.