Richmond Law operates five in-house clinics, in which students work on real legal matters for real clients, under the supervision of law school faculty members. The clinics offer an invaluable capstone experience for upper-level students as they transition from learning the law to practicing the law, allowing them to represent clients in a wide variety of matters—disability rights, trademark registration, wrongful conviction, and more. As part of the law school's integrated skills program, the clinics build upon and reinforce work done in both simulation-based and traditional course work. In addition to receiving advanced skills training, clinic students apply these skills in real-life situations and examine both the real-world impact of social and political policies and the assumptions underlying the practice of law.
Clinics offer the chance to explore working relationships, whether with a work partner, a supervisor, a client, or opposing counsel. Students often find these interactions to be among the most important parts of their clinical experience. In addition, the relationships students establish with their clients give added meaning and purpose to both their time in the clinic and their work in their other courses. Finally, the clinical experience focuses on issues of professionalism and professional responsibility as students prepare to become members of the Bar.
Note: In calculating their 87 required credits for graduation, students may not count more than 12 total credits from clinics and clinical placements (with the exception that for students who have participated in the D.C. Externship program, the limit is 19).