Clinics give law students the opportunity to develop legal skills and learn professional values in actual practice settings. At KU Law, students can choose from 12 different clinics and externships that offer a wide range of learning environments. That vast menu of options means that all students who wish to enroll in a clinic or externship can do so at least once during law school. In fact, National Jurist magazine routinely ranks KU Law among the top 30 percent of law schools in the nation for providing hands-on learning opportunities for our students.
The clinical courses at KU come in two varieties. Our "in-house" programs involve students in client representation from offices at the law school, with full-time faculty and staff attorneys employed by the law school acting as supervisors. Our externship programs allow students to work under the supervision of attorneys, judges or legislators in the community. Each externship program also includes a classroom component taught by a KU Law faculty member.
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Students work with prosecutors in Kansas state district attorneys' offices as well as the office of the U.S. Attorney. They participate in nearly all phases of the criminal process, including trial work.
Elder Law Externship
Students work under the supervision of experienced attorneys representing clients in matters such as income maintenance, access to health care, housing, social security, Medicare / Medicaid, and consumer protection.
Field Placement Program
Students perform legal work under the supervision of a practicing attorney at pre-approved governmental agencies and public interest organizations.
Students serve as interns for state and federal trial judges in Kansas City, Topeka and Lawrence.
Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic
Students are assigned research projects from the Kansas Supreme Court and the Office of Judicial Administration and employ a variety of methodologies to conduct thorough research and concisely convey their findings to the court.
Legal Aid Clinic
Students represent indigent clients in a range of civil and misdemeanor criminal matters in local and state court. Cases include juvenile defense, protection from abuse, record expungement and related matters on behalf of some of Douglas County’s most vulnerable populations.
Students are assigned as interns to state legislators during the spring legislative session to focus on the law-making process.
Media Law Clinic
Students, under the supervision of the clinic director, respond to questions presented by lawyers, policymakers, publishers and others concerned with the media.
Students provide legal assistance at health care clinics and medical centers in Kansas City and Lawrence. Cases may include health law, family law, housing law, public benefits law, disability law and immigration law.
Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
Students counsel and represent state and federal prisoners in appellate and post-conviction litigation in state and federal courts.
Public Policy Clinic
Students undertake in-depth policy studies in response to requests from public officials. Requests for balanced studies are coordinated through the Legislative Research Department and the Revisor of Statutes Office.
Tribal Judicial Support Clinic
Students provide research assistance to tribal courts in an array of projects ranging from tribal code development to drafting memoranda and orders.