Experiential Learning

Clinics

Our clinic programs give third-year law students an opportunity to represent actual clients. Full-time faculty members provide a valuable and unique learning experience as they supervise students working on real cases. The five clinical programs offer experiences comparable to what a new attorney might face in the first few years of practice. Third-year students can choose to participate in the: Civil Clinic, Criminal Clinic, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, Immigration Clinic, or Children's Justice Clinic.

Clinic Selection Process

All students except those interested in the Immigration Clinic will be selected by an application process held during the pre-registration period in the spring. In other words, students interested in taking any Clinic other than the Immigration Clinic during the summer, fall or spring must apply and register during the registration period held in the spring. The application deadline is announced in the Sounding Block and by email to student listservs. To apply for a Clinic, students complete an application form and other required documents online. At the time the application deadline is announced, forms will be made available to students so they can complete them. The Dean's Office emails the selection results to students selected. Students in the Immigration Clinic are selected through an application process conducted in February of each year.

Students may only take one Clinic in any one semester; however, students wishing to be considered for more than one Clinic during the course of a year should sign up to be considered for multiple Clinics (in which case, students must rank their Clinic preferences). The preference given is taken account of to the extent possible. This is not the case for students taking the Immigration Clinics. Students taking the Immigration Clinic are not eligible to take any other Clinics.

Externships

Externships provide students with an opportunity to put the legal knowledge that they have acquired into practice while earning academic credit. The College has multiple established externships, but students also have the opportunity to set up externships that better suit their needs and interests.

Externships are experiential learning opportunities that give students practical experiences for academic credit. Similar to job shadowing, externs are closely supervised by attorneys who will walk them through day-to-day routines at the company or organization. The experience allows students to apply their coursework learning to a real life setting. Externships offer samples of career possibilities. It is a chance for students to observe and ask questions.

Externships can lead to opportunities after students complete their studies. They are also a source of networking contacts.

Externships are not only conducted for the benefit of the extern, but for the host as well. Both parties get a chance to observe one another. Successful externships could lead to recruitment possibilities which would be based on a thoroughly informed decision.

Opportunities Policy

Marvin and Virginia Schmid Clinic Building

The Marvin and Virginia Schmid Clinic Building opened in spring 2017. The 16,000-square-foot, more than $5 million addition to the home of Nebraska Law was funded with private donations to the University of Nebraska Foundation and is adjacent to the building’s main entrance. The space is used by all of Nebraska Law’s legal clinics – the Civil Clinic, Criminal Clinic, Immigration Clinic, Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic, and Children’s Justice Clinic – which give students hands-on experience serving real-world clients.

The space includes a classroom, a courtroom, two large conference rooms, private client interview rooms, 39 student workstations, a business office and professor offices.