About – Clinical Programs
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Legal education faces new challenges in 2014 – to train students in a wide range of skills; to demand that students become active learners; to engage them in improving the justice system. The UM School of Law has dramatically expanded its clinical offerings to meet these challenges. Every student can participate in a live-client clinic, an externship, and multiple pro bono events. The school’s twelve clinical offerings include eight in-house clinics, two practicums, the Clinical Externship Program, and the Pro Bono Initiative. The Clinical Program has become an important part of Mississippi’s individual legal services delivery system. Clinic professors’ and students’ work on policy issues and legislation have helped to shape and improve the state’s justice system.
The University of Mississippi Clinical Programs teach essential practice skills and professional responsibility through a reflective clinical practice that provides high-quality representation to underserved clients. To accomplish the dual goals of educating students and increasing access to justice, the programs offer a wide range of clinical practice areas, each focused on an area of demonstrated legal need and each offering unique skills training experiences. The programs aim to graduate students with real-world experience, an understanding of ethical obligations, and a commitment to furthering broad access to the legal system.
In-house Clinics: The law school’s in-house law firm has eight practice areas:
- Child Advocacy
- Criminal Appeals
- Elder Law
- MacArthur Justice Clinic
- Mediation Clinic
- Mississippi Innocence Project
- Street Law
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
- Transactional Law
The Clinical Externship Program: The Clinical Externship Program places 90 students a year in field placements across the country, with offerings in state and federal prosecution, public defense, legal services, judicial clerkships, government, public interest, education, sports law, entertainment and health law.
The Pro Bono Initiative: The PBI provides students with short-term immersion in practice through mini-clinics supervised by a professor and volunteer attorneys. Students work directly with clients, collaborate on policy initiatives with state advocacy groups, and prepare and present educational programs to high school and college students.