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Experiential education—learning through practical experience—is a main component of every student’s training at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. In experiential courses, including in-house clinics, externships, and simulations, students get hands-on experience and individualized training that bridges the gap between the classroom and the real world.

To graduate, students need to complete six credits of experiential coursework. But quite a few students do more.


Many of our students find that a clinic experience is the most valuable, rewarding and challenging part of law school.

Clinic students learn through real-world work, intensive seminars, and regular meetings with faculty supervisors. Every clinic student gains valuable skills, knowledge, and mental habits that help prepare them for a successful practice. They also gain deep insight into the strategic, ethical, and relational dimensions of the legal profession.

Innocence Clinic


In externships, students earn academic credit while gaining practical skills and training under licensed attorneys in the field. S.J. Quinney has a wide variety of externship placements in more than a dozen different areas of law, and new placements are developed every semester.

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