Clinic students learn the practical art of lawyering while providing quality legal representation to under-represented individuals and organizations. We offer 19 different clinics and over 300 students participate in this program every year.
In a clinical course, students represent real clients facing real legal challenges. They are responsible for all facets of their case and project work, collaborating closely with clinical faculty to ensure proper and complete representation.
The students’ experiences then become the subject of critical review and reflection. Through this process, students learn how to better evaluate their own legal work as well as the legal work performed by others. Every clinic student acquires valuable legal skills not accessible in the traditional classroom setting, and gains firsthand insight into the strategic and ethical dimensions of the legal profession.
Georgetown’s clinics are very intensive; the typical student-to-teacher ratio is just five-to-one, and most students work between 25-35 hours each week on their clinical tasks. As a result, students receive focused, individualized attention from full-time faculty and graduate teaching fellows who can tailor their supervision to the students’ specific needs and learning targets.
Students are regularly pushed to accomplish more than they may think possible, but in a space where extensive support and a built-in safety net allows them to reach for those new goals.
March 13, 2023
Georgetown Law Clinics
Some ninety professors, activists, students, lawyers and other stakeholders from across the country gathered at Georgetown Law March 3 for a day-long symposium titled “Promoting Justice: Advancing Racial Equity through Student Practice in Legal Clinics.” Together, they considered the vital role law school clinics play in the legal system and the opportunities and challenges clinical educators and their students face in promoting racial justice.
October 14, 2022
Federal Legislation Clinic
Students in the Georgetown Law Federal Legislation Clinic were glued to the clinic’s televisions on September 28 as they watched the live stream of the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health – an event they helped make happen.
February 22, 2022
Health Justice Alliance and Rising for Justice
Late last summer, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a call to action. Lawyers and law students were urgently needed, he said, to help respond to a looming eviction crisis in the United States.