Keri Gould Director of Externships, Pro Bono and Public Service and Professor of Practice

Phone: 540-458-8133


Office: 463 Lewis Hall 


BA, Union College

JD, American University Washington College of Law


Keri K. Gould is the Director of Externships, Pro Bono and Public Service and Professor of Practice at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She created and teaches in the WILF (Working in Law Full-time) Semester (students work full-time in externship placements throughout the country while participating in the WILF weekly seminar). She also teaches the Fall and Spring General Externship Courses as well as the Litigation Immersion Course. Through these courses she seeks to prepare law students for lawyering in the real world through real-life legal opportunities for learning and reflection. She believes in challenging students academically, giving students opportunities to reflect upon their professional growth and experiences and providing a strong platform upon which students will excel in lawyering skills.

Prof. Gould joined the Washington and Lee faculty after serving as a visiting professor in the Family Violence Litigation Clinic at Albany Law School and as a Senior Attorney and Attorney-in-Charge of the Sales to Minors Unit, Counsel's Office, New York State Liquor Authority and an adjunct professor (Advanced Trial Advocacy and Law Practice Management) at Pace Law School. She was also the Assistant Dean for Professional Skills at St. John's Law School where she directed the Professional Skills Program and created the Center for Professional Skills. While at St. John's she created the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute, the Criminal Defense and Domestic Violence Litigation Clinics and the Peter J. Johnson-National Civil Rights Trial Competition, the only Civil Rights Mock Trial Competition in the country.  Prior to working at St. John's, she was a clinical law professor at Fordham, Hofstra and New York Law Schools and an Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Law. In the years before joining academia, Professor Gould practiced with the Legal Aid Society (Manhattan Criminal Defense Division) and the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (NYS Appellate Division, First Department) where she represented institutionalized psychiatric patients.

Her areas of interest, publications and lectures are clinical legal education, trial advocacy, extra-curricular student competitions and therapeutic jurisprudence. She has created numerous civil and criminal mock trial casefiles that have been used in national trial competitions and individually selected as a case problem for the Paris Summer Comparative Law Program (2013), the Round Table Regional Trial Competition (Pace Law School 2015), and as a case problem in the 2011 State of Florida SuperLawyers Event.

Professor Gould has served as a legal education expert consultant for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiatives in Turkey, Egypt, Oman, Lebanon, and Cambodia. In addition, she was a Legal Education Observer (and photographer) for a week-long course in Poland organized by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) on Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in Military Practice.

Professor Gould graduated from The American University, Washington College of Law and received a BS in Psychology from Union College, Schenectady, NY. She is admitted to the bar of the State of New York, Utah (inactive) and to the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.