William & Mary Law School offers many opportunities to practice the wide range of skills necessary to provide clients with competent representation of the highest caliber and be successful in the practice of law. Students have many opportunities in their second and third years to represent real clients in actual cases through our clinical program; the hard part might be choosing among all the clinics we offer.
- Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of domestic violence in obtaining protective orders, as well as in the legal issues that arise as a result of such violence.
- The Federal Tax Clinic assists in the representation of low-income Virginia taxpayers before the IRS, U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. District Court.
- Students in the Innocence Project Clinic participate in the legal investigation and research of inmate claims of actual innocence.
- The Family Law Clinic in the Williamsburg office of the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia provides legal services to indigent people in a variety of civil matters.
- The Special Education Advocacy Clinic assists children with special needs and their families in special education matters.
- Students in the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans' Benefits Clinic learn veterans disability law and procedure and aid military veterans in the filing, adjudication, and appeal of their disability claims with the Veterans Administration, working in conjunction with the psychology students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (VCU) to refer clients for assessment, counseling, and therapy as needed. The Veterans' Benefits Clinic is the first service-learning project of the Health Policy and Law Initiative between William & Mary Law and VCU.
- The Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) provides science-based legal and policy analysis of environmental and land use issues affecting the state's coastal resources and educates the Virginia policymaking, non-profit, legal and business communities about these subjects.
- The Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic introduces 3L students to appellate practice in the federal Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Students work as a team to identify cases suitable for the clinic and then work as pairs to prepare appellate briefs in cases involving the First and Fourth Amendments.
- The Elder & Disability Law Clinic trains students to understand the substantive legal issues affecting the elderly and individuals with disabilities while improving students’ interviewing, counseling, research, writing and advocacy skills as they advance their client’s interests.
As a clinic student, you will have the opportunity to practice your lawyering skills and judgment while still supported by faculty who can reflect on and analyze your performance, and help you develop strategies for future improvement. Being in a clinic also allows you to consider issues of social justice and ethical-moral dilemmas that arise in the practice of law. For more information about our clinical opportunities, click here to contact [[perobe,Professor Patty Roberts, Director of Clinical Programs]].
Clinic Grading and Credits
All clinics are for 3 credits and last one semester. Some of William & Mary's clinics are offered only on a pass-fail basis while others are graded.
Please see our clinics brochure.