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In-House Clinics

Through the School of Law’s In-House Clinical Programs, students in their last three semesters of law school may represent their own clients from start to finish under the supervision of full-time faculty members in the Providence Law Clinic.  With a low case load, students can learn to handle every aspect of a client’s case with the safety net of faculty oversight.  Students may be certified as student attorneys and appear in court in both the Criminal Defense Clinic and Immigration Clinic.  Students will represent low-income and start-up businesses while learning transactional skills through the Community Economic Development Clinic.  

In-House Clinical Programs

What is the Difference Between a Clinical Externship and a Clinic?

In a Clinical Externship, a student trains outside of the law school under the supervision of attorneys or judges.  Generally, the law student is assigned projects that deepen the student's substantive knowledge and skill base. Students make valuable connections and learn lessons about the real-world of practice in a busy public interest law office, corporation, or judicial chambers.

In an In-House Clinic, a student works in the Providence Law Clinic under the supervision of a full-time faculty member whose sole purpose is to teach students and direct the clinic.  Students are certified as student attorneys and handle a small number of their own cases from start to finish. 

Each student at RWU Law is allowed to take advantage of these opportunities in the following combinations, or, of course, by taking just one:

  • 1 Clinical Externship and 1 In-House Clinic;
  • 2 Clinical Externships;
  • 2 In-House Clinics; or
  • 1 Semester-In-Practice and 1 In-House Clinic.

Each Clinical Externship requires students to register for a 2-credit graded seminar and 4, 6, or 12 credits of ungraded fieldwork credits.  Students must apply to and be selected by the Director of each Program.