Hands-On Learning

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Program information

KU Law’s experiential learning program includes a mix of live-client clinics, field placements and skills simulations.

More than 50 years ago, KU Law became a pioneer in clinical legal education when it launched the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence. Since then, the school has expanded opportunities for students to sharpen their professional skills and gain practical experience under the supervision of clinical faculty.

Through a diverse offering of experiential courses, students take and defend depositions, write and argue mock appellate briefs, represent federal inmates in post-conviction appeals and more. With hands-on learning, students gain the experience necessary to be ready for practice.

In addition to classes that fulfill the school's experiential course requirements, students may also participate in moot court, mock trial, student-edited journals, pro bono service and other opportunities to practice the skills of a working lawyer.

Other Lawyering Skills Opportunities

  • Skills Simulations

    KU Law offers intensive simulation workshops taught by practicing attorneys that allow students to gain hands-on experience. Options include the Deposition Skills and Due Diligence in Business Transactions workshops.

  • Pro Bono Program

    Law students give back to the community and gain hands-on legal experience by participating in pro bono service.

  • Moot Court

    With a long-standing tradition of success and excellence, KU Law's Moot Court Program ranks among the top 10 programs in the country.

  • Mock Trial

    Law students interested in advancing their advocacy skills in a courtroom setting can participate in KU Law's Mock Trial Program.

  • Transactional and Business Law

    Through the Polsinelli Transactional Law Center, KU Law students gain practical training in transactional law through skills courses and national competitions.

  • Kansas Law Review

    The University of Kansas Law Review is a student-edited journal of legal scholarship published five times yearly.

  • Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy

    The Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy is a student-edited journal of legal scholarship published three times yearly.

  • 6th Semester in D.C.

    Students in the 6th Semester in Washington, D.C. Program spend a semester living, learning, working and connecting in our nation’s capital.

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