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.
From helping veterans obtain the benefits they earned to briefing and arguing constitutional claims in the United States Courts of Appeals, our students have the opportunity to practice their lawyering skills and professional judgment while working closely with supervising attorneys. These professors are leaders in their fields who provide close mentorship, guided reflection, and exploration of professional responsibility, all within the context of client representation.
Our clinical program — featuring nine clinics and a practicum with more than 200 seats available annually for 2L and 3L students — addresses the unmet legal needs of our community while strengthening skills and a sense of responsibility among our students. Their dedication to their clinic work is inspirational and forms a solid foundation for their future pro bono work and ethical practice of law.
Appellate & Supreme Court Clinic students engage in appellate practice in the federal Courts of Appeals and the US Supreme Court, focusing on First and Fourth Amendment cases.
The Domestic Violence Clinic provides students the opportunity to interview victims and witnesses, provide advice and counsel to those victims, and represent them in court.
Family Law Clinic students work in the Williamsburg office of the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, providing legal services to low-income clients that address divorce, custody, support, and equitable distribution matters.
The Federal Tax Clinic teaches students federal tax practice and procedure in order to assist in the representation of low-income Virginia taxpayers.
The Immigration Clinic students engage with immigration law matters including assisting noncitizens with legal concerns, participating in community outreach and education, as well as conducting policy research and advocacy.
Innocence Project Clinic students participate in the legal investigation and research of inmate claims of actual innocence.
The Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Special Education Advocacy Clinic students assist children with special needs and their families with eligibility, Individualized Education Programs, discipline matters, mediation, and administrative hearings.
The Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Veterans Benefits Clinic students assist veterans with claims and appeals for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Puller Clinic has captured national attention with its interdisciplinary approach and innovative partnership with Starbucks, called Military Mondays.
The Virginia Coastal Policy Center students develop project management, research, collaboration, and oral presentation skills, and engage in science-based legal and policy analysis of ecological issues affecting the state's coastal resources.
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 [[laciccone, Clinical Program Administrative Manager]].
Clinic Grading and Credits
William & Mary's clinics are for 2 or 3 credits and some are offered only on a pass-fail basis while others are graded.
Please see our clinic newsletters.
William& Mary Law School’s Clinical Program relies on private donations and is grateful to the individuals, corporations and foundations who have provided generous support, including the following:
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