Clinical Programs

Street Law Clinic meeting

Southwestern’s legal clinics enable law students to gain greater practical skills and get an invaluable real-context view of the law in action as they represent and assist some of the community’s most abused, neglected and underserved children and families. Clinic students work on real cases for academic credit under close supervision of faculty who are licensed, practicing attorneys. The students take on heavy responsibility for strategy and execution of an array of legal matters and often are involved in cases from beginning to end. They must adhere to professional responsibility requirements such as client confidentiality, civility and duty to the court, and learn how to exhibit empathy and professionalism when counseling clients.