Experiential Learning Fair

Want to learn more? Join us on September 27th from 12:40 – 1:40 p.m. in room 110. Meet some of the professors, talk with current and former students, and enjoy some free pizza.

Apply Now for Spring 2017

The application for Clinics and Externships for Spring of 2017 is now open. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 7 at 4:30 p.m. Click here for the application page.

ABA Requirements

Standard 303 of the American Bar Association’s Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools requires all students to complete at least 6 hours of experiential learning through clinics, externships, or skills courses.

Great Experience

The clinic taught me more about the practice of law in a few months than I had learned in over two years. The lessons I learned were universal to all practice areas, and all careers.Drew Thagard, Spring 2014

Parole & Reentry Clinic Success

During the Fall of 2015, the students in the Parole & Reentry Clinic successfully obtained early release for 12 of 16 clients, including a puppy named Scrappy who had been adopted by one of the clients.

Learning through Practice

There are a number of experiential opportunities at the Law Center that provide students with the opportunity to earn credit while learning through practice. The Law Center offers a range of experiential courses through clinics, externships and skills courses, and students are required to complete at least six credit hours of these experiential courses prior to graduation. We invite you to explore these web pages to learn about all of the experiential opportunities available in your 2L and 3L years. ALL COURSES listed on these webpages qualify toward the six credit hours of experiential courses required for graduation.
The Law Clinic offers 2L and 3L students the opportunity to practice law and represent indigent clients in the Baton Rouge community or act as mediators in the Baton Rouge City Court or the Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish. The Law Clinic is analogous to a residency in medical school where, under close faculty supervision, students practice law by representing real clients with important legal issues or serve as mediators in real cases of controversy. Students practice in local courts, before administrative agencies and other venues. The Law Clinic is a self-contained legal services office located in the Law Center. Third-year students are certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX, and 2L students assist Law Center faculty in representing actual clients. Clinic offerings include the Immigration Clinic, the Juvenile Defense Clinic, the Civil Mediation Clinic, the Family Mediation Clinic, the Parole and Reentry Clinic, the Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Assault Clinic (STAR) and the Prosecution Clinic. More clinical offerings are planned in the future.
There are also numerous externship opportunities, including the Judicial Externship Program, which places students as judicial “law clerks” in state and federal courts; the Governmental Externship, which places students with the Attorney General’s Office and other state and local agencies; and the Public Interest/Nonprofit Externship, which places students with local agencies serving marginalized populations and the legal interests of the poor. The Law Center’s location in the state capitol of Baton Rouge offers tremendous advantages to placing students with state and local governmental agencies and courts where students can experience the real practice of law through a structured academic setting. The Law Center also offers students the opportunity to participate in an externship during the summer session following the first and second years of law school.
In addition to clinics, in which students represent real clients or mediate real cases, and externships, in which students earn credit for working with judges or lawyers in the community, the Law Center offers a wide range of skills courses in which students learn essential lawyering and practice skills through simulation and forensic exercises. Students can take skills courses in their 2L and 3L years.
The LSU Law Clinic is a recipient of a Models for Change Program Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a Prison Reentry Initiative Grant from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation.