College of Law

Student Resources




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.

Creative Advocacy Lab
In the face of system-level failures like the widening access-to-justice gap, lawyers need to get creative. The Creative Advocacy Lab is an intensive, one-semester course that explores modes of legal advocacy beyond traditional client representation, re-envisioning lawyers as community educators, problem-solvers, and storytellers. In collaboration with community partners, students will use creative tools—like design thinking, narrative, plain language writing, and visual communication—to make legal information accessible to those who need it.

Advanced Creative Advocacy Lab
Students who have completed one semester of Creative Advocacy Lab may enroll as advanced students in subsequent semesters. This opportunity is reserved for Creative Advocacy Lab students whose learning and advocacy goals align with a community partner’s need to design legal informational resources.


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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Innovation for Justice (i4J)
Housed at both the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Utah Eccles School of Business, Innovation for Justice (i4J) applies design- and systems-thinking methodologies to expose inequalities in the justice system and create new, replicable, and scalable strategies for legal empowerment. Courses include Innovating Legal Services, UX4 Justice, and Leadership in Legal Innovation.

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