Experience will shape your education from the very beginning. Our experiential learning opportunities provide a number of options to put legal theory and doctrine into action through simulation courses, legal clinics, and field placements.
From simulation courses that teach the lawyering skills you'll use as a practicing attorney and put them into practice using hypothetical cases in the classroom and our mock courtrooms. To immersion programs where you can spend a semester working in real-world live-client jobs to hone your skills. You will have opportunities to get practical experience before you graduate.
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Legal clinics provide an opportunity to hone your craft, working directly to advise or represent real clients under the supervision of a faculty member. Participation in a clinic takes place in conjunction with other traditional academic courses.
You can represent low-income clients in both civil and criminal appeals, and in a variety of appellate courts, including the Fourth Circuit and the Seventh Circuit. You will handle an actual appeal from start to finish.
You will work as representation of children in custody cases and in issues involving the public school system. You'll study the various models for representing children and analyze the ethical issues raised in the various settings.
You will concentrate on the transactional aspects of nonprofit organizations, small business start-ups, and arts & entertainment law. You'll learn the skills needed to practice in a complex legal and regulatory environment.
You will be exposed to the legal issues related to an aging and healthcare. You will work with clients on guardianship cases, health law issues, fraud claims, and prepare wills and powers of attorney.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the causes of wrongful convictions while being given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to the investigation of cases where evidence can prove a client's innocence.
You will explore issues of development and trade and have the opportunity to work with clients while exploring the culture of Nicaragua.
Field placements allow you to work directly with real clients in a real-world setting. You can sharpen your skills working under the supervision of licensed attorney. Participation in a field placement takes place in conjunction with other traditional academic courses.
You will spend a month in Charlotte or another city in the Carolinas practicing in a business setting where you will work on issues affecting corporations.
You will placed in a small/medium size firm, corporate in-house, public interest/governmental agencies or with a non-profit in Charlotte, N.C. Learning objectives are customized for you based on your specific placement and areas of interest.
You will have the opportunity to spend a semester in practice in Washington, D.C. You will intern in a government agency or non-governmental organization.
You can engage in the kinds of tasks performed by law clerks under the immediate supervision of an experienced attorney. This is a unique opportunity to work in some of America's most vibrant courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
You will be working in governmental or non-profit organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva is the location of a large number of international organizations, including the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, and of many civil society organizations that focus on international issues.
You will work with judges in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. You will spend time in court with your mentoring judge as well as researching and writing.