Experiential Learning


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

The Clinical selection process takes place in the spring for the upcoming academic year. Students interested in taking a clinic during their third year in either the summer, fall or spring semesters must apply and register during the application and selection process held in the spring. The clinical supervisors typically host an information session in February over the noon hour, and the link to the online application is distributed shortly thereafter. Selections will be announced prior to the deadline for application for other lottery courses for the upcoming fall semester. Additional information about the Clinics and the Clinical selection process can be found here: https://law.unl.edu/Clinics-FAQ-2021.pdf


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.