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Clinical Placement Programs

The Clinical Placement Program allows students to apply the legal skills and knowledge they are learning in the classroom in real life settings with lawyers and judges. By the end of the clinic semester, students will have begun to define their role as a lawyer, gained greater confidence in their lawyering skills, enhanced their substantive legal knowledge, and developed a deeper appreciation of the profession’s values. Placements offer a wide range of opportunities with government agencies, public interest and non-profit organizations, international and national corporations, and trial and appellate judicial chambers at the state and federal levels.

Prospective Placements

Placements are developed by the law school. Selection criteria includes need, subject matter area, student interest, the quality of the substantive legal experience offered, and the placement’s commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring students. All placements go through a review process. Supervising lawyers and judges, called field instructors, must have a minimum of three to four years of experience. If interested, please contact Professor Margaret Ivey Bacigal. Private law firm placements are not offered.


Director: Professor Margaret Ivey, 804-289-8921,

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).

Types of Placements

Civil Placements

In civil placements, students work with government and non-profit or public interest lawyers. They may engage in civil litigation, public policy, transactional or regulatory work, or legislative advocacy.

Placements include:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia
  • American Red Cross
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • CMG Foundation
  • Drive-To-Work
  • Henrico County Attorney’s Office
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Legal Informational Network for Cancer – LINC
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia: Civil Litigation Division Employment Law Section
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia: Civil Litigation Division Trial Section, General Civil Unit
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia: Consumer Protection Section
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia: Environmental Law Section
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia: Financial Law and Government Support Section Taxation and Charity Oversight
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia: Health Care Fraud and Elder Abuse Section
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia: Solicitor General Section
  • Office of the City Attorney (Not Available for Spring 2016) (Third Years only)
  • Office of Counsel for Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
  • Southern Environmental Law  (Spring Only)
  • The Community Tax Law Project (Fall Only)
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • University of Richmond - General Counsel
  • Virginia Commonwealth University/Health System Authority (Not Available for Spring 2016)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: Office of University Counsel (Not Available for Spring 2016)
  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • Virginia Poverty Law Center
  • Virginia State AFL-CIO (Spring Only)
  • Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Department
  • Virginia State Corporation Commission
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children
Criminal Placements

In criminal placements, third year students work with state and federal prosecutors and public defenders. Students have an opportunity to develop a wide range of skill sets, including fact investigation, interviewing, research and writing, trial strategy, and trial advocacy. Under Virginia’s third year practice rules, students are allowed to try cases under the supervision of a licensed attorney and can expect to be in the courtroom regularly.

Placements include:

  • Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office
  • Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
  • Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office
  • Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court
  • Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney's Office
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • Office of the Capital Defender (Not Available for Fall 2015)
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender
  • Richmond Public Defender’s Office
  • USA TDS Fort Lee Field Office
In-House Counsel Placements

Students in in-house counsel placements work with national and international corporations. These placements afford students to learn about the role of in-house counsel and to gain exposure to wide range of legal business issues. Students work with clients, attend meetings, review and draft documents, and develop problem-solving skills.

Placements include:

  • Apex Systems, LLC
  • Capital One Financial Corp.- General Counsel’s Office
  • Capital One Financial Corp. - Corporate Compliance Department
  • Evergreen Enterprises, Inc. (Not Available for Spring 2016)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
  • Markel Corporation
  • McKesson Corporation (Not Available Spring 2016)
  • NewMarket Services Corporation
  • Southern States Cooperative, Incorporated (Third Years Only)
  • Suez Treatment Solutions
Judicial Placements

In judicial placements, students have an opportunity to serve as a student law clerk for a state or federal judge. Placements are available at both the trial and appellate levels. Students learn about the role of the judge, the role of a law clerk, and judicial decision-making.

Placements include:

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • Chesterfield Circuit Court
  • Henrico Circuit Court (1 Placement)
  • Richmond Circuit Court
  • Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
  • Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
  • Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • United States Magistrate