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.