Steve Virgil

Steve Virgil

Clinical Professor of Law

Steve Virgil is the Executive Director of Experiential Education and formerly served as founding Director of the Law School's Community Law Clinic and Clinical Professor. He has practiced law for nearly 20 years with an emphasis on community economic development and the nonprofit sector. His clients include nonprofit organizations of all sizes and scope, from neighborhood associations to major private foundations and he maintains an active pro bono public interest litigation practice. He teaches courses on community economic development, poverty and the nonprofit sector. Virgil also served as the founding Director of the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University; a university-wide institute that promotes community-based participatory research and engaged teaching across Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Wake Forest, Virgil taught at another law school for several years and practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio and Omaha, NE. He clerked for the Honorable George W. White, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, is a former legal aid lawyer, an Equal Justice Fellow and a recipient of the Branch award.Read more »


  • JD, cum laude, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1994
  • BA, honors, St. John's College, 1988



  • Poverty Law Case Book: A Guide to Student Advocacy Work (with Sherri Clark).
  • A Handbook for Transactional and Small Business Legal Clinics (Carolina Academic Press 2019).


  • The Role of Experiential Learning in Forming a Law Student's Professional Identity, 51 118.
  • Training Lawyers for Civil Society, (2012).
  • Nonprofit Law at Wake Forest University, (2012).
  • Community Economic Development in the Rural Context, (2011).
  • Creativity and feasibility: applying the IDEO innovation process to current societal challenges, (2011).


Steve Virgil
Contact Information

Worrell 2302D
  • Civil Litigation & Procedure
  • Civil Rights/Anti-Discrimination Laws
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • Immigration Law
  • Nonprofit Law
  • Public Interest Law & Policy