Court of Appeals Judge Shirley Watts issues the oath to the Fall 2013 Law Clinic students.
Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a national leader in clinical education, the University of Baltimore School of Law annually provides as many as 200 students the opportunity to participate in a broad range of clinical programs and externships. These programs provide both day and evening students a broad range of experiential learning opportunities as licensed student attorneys (clinics) and closely supervised law clerks (externships).
While students in the clinical program at the University of Baltimore School of Law receive unmatched, real-life practical experience, they also generate significant results that benefit Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. The school's proximity to Washington, D.C., has allowed students to participate in externships in a wide range of governmental, public-interest and private-sector placements. Clinics represent, on average, 200 low-income clients every year, including adults, children, neighborhood associations and other nonprofit organizations.
Under the supervision of faculty, most clinics allow students to provide the full range of representation to clients. Clinic work includes interviewing, counseling, planning case strategy and appearing in court or before administrative agencies. Certain clinics, such as the Community Development Clinic, provide experience in transactional work.
Finally, most clinics also allow students to engage in more systemic work, including drafting and testifying in support of legislation and participating in state and national task forces on issues such as child neglect, domestic violence, protection for consumers and the promotion of affordable housing.
The clinic facility is run as a law office with a teaching and public-service mission.