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Clinical Education

The University of Minnesota Law School offers one of the nation's largest and most distinguished programs of clinical education, with 22 diverse clinics ranging from bankruptcy to criminal justice, and from consumer protection to immigration. These clinics offer students opportunities to hone their legal skills and gain real-world experience with clients in a supportive setting. Students develop professional skills through a combination of theoretical classroom instruction and practical application in simulations and live-client cases.

Nationwide, approximately 25 percent of law students participate in clinical education, but at the University of Minnesota, more than 50 percent of law students participate in at least one clinic program. Second-year and third-year student participants represent real clients under the guidance of clinic faculty. These students provide more than 18,000 hours of pro bono legal service to the Twin Cities community each year, primarily to lower-income individuals who otherwise would have difficulty obtaining representation.

Under the Student Practice Rule adopted by the Minnesota Supreme Court, clinic students are permitted to represent clients in actual court and administrative agency proceedings under the supervision of clinic faculty.

Clinics in the News

Tax Clinic Receives IRS Grant

Following SCOTUS Ruling, Child Advocacy Clinic Addresses Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Juveniles

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Liberian Man Gain Permanent Resident Status

Tax Clinic Takes IRS Filing Status Appeal to 8th Circuit

Students in Detainee Rights Clinic Work to Protect the Rights of Immigration Detainees with Mental Disorders

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Provides Successful Advocacy for Three Clients

Asylum Victory After Settlement at U.S. Supreme Court

Detainee Rights Clinic Students Secure New Hearing for Nevada Client

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Litigated by the Center for New Americans

Innocence Project Clinic Case Helps Spark Wrongful Imprisonment Legislation

Clinic Students Write Briefs and Argue Tax Case Before U.S. Court of Appeals

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Student Argues Asylum Case Before U.S. Court of Appeals

Profs. Frey and Green and Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic Submit Gun-Violence Report to U.N. Human Rights Committee

Minn. Supreme Court Remands Civil Practice Clinic Appeal to Tax Court

Prof. Green and Human Rights Litigation Clinic Submit Second Amicus Brief in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Ethiopian Professor Secure Asylum

Human Rights Clinic Reports Reflected in U.N. Human Rights Committee Recommendations

Prof. Thomas Takes Civil Practice Clinic Appeal to Minn. Supreme Court

Human Rights Clinic Follows its Brief to Supreme Court

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Helps Secure Asylum for Torture Victim

A Visit to the Clinic

Satisfying Results for Former Tax Clinic Students Charles Sloane (’10), Emily Gleiss (’10)

Human Rights Clinic Brief Cited by U.S. Court of Appeals Judges

Prof. Laura Thomas and Student Attorneys Participate in ABA Teleconference

Innocence Clinic Helps Vindicate Koua Fong Lee

Another Success for Immigration-Human Rights Clinic

Immigration-Human Rights Clinic Helps Secure Asylum

Safe Future for Client of Immigration and Human Rights Clinic