Clinics and Externships
Enrollment in an in-house clinic or approved externship course satisfies the "actual practice" requirement of the Washington and Lee University School of Law third-year curriculum. Certain practica that contain an actual practice component qualify as well. Below please find further information on actual practice offerings.
One of the most significant opportunities afforded by a law school education at W&L is its legal clinics. Third-year students help to meet the need for legal assistance in the region and, at the same time, develop client contact and advocacy skills. The faculty have developed programs that deliver lawyering up close: tough lessons and real-life decisions that the profession deals with every day.
Externship opportunities also serve a critical role in third-year experiential learning. Students engage in off-campus placements contemporaneous with a classroom component. Both are designed to engage the student in a unique educational experience and move the student toward the world of legal practice.