Inside the 3L Year

The third-year curriculum at W&L Law is unique in legal education.The course of study consists entirely of practice-based simulations, real client experiences, and advanced explorations into legal ethics and professionalism. The curriculum builds upon and expands the lessons of the first and second years of instruction, moving students from a passive classroom role into one more closely connected to the world of legal practice.

Practice opportunities available to students during Washington and Lee's innovative third year span the range of legal practice areas, both litigation and transaction based. These experiences include practice simulations, six legal clinics, and an array of externships in law firms, government offices, corporations and international organizations.