Clinical & Experiential Education
Hands-on, Practical Lawyering Experience
At Syracuse Law, we understand the power of practical experience. From writing briefs and making opening statements to working with clients and business owners, you’ll graduate with the hands-on clinical, journal, externship, and advocacy experience you need to get ahead in the legal profession.
Our students have used the deep experience they gained at Syracuse Law to springboard into successful careers on Capitol Hill and at major law firms, solo start-ups, public advocacy groups, international banks, Hollywood studios, and beyond.
The Office of Clinical Legal Education houses nine Clinics and three Externship Programs, providing students with experiential opportunities in diverse areas of law both on campus and throughout Syracuse.
Syracuse University College of Law guarantees that every student wanting to enroll in a clinical course or an externship course by the time of their graduation will have the opportunity to do so.
Students enrolling in a clinic represent clients and practice law under the supervision of law school faculty. To encourage students to develop as competent, professional and thoughtful lawyers, the clinics include close supervision and rigorous feedback and critique. Students practice in a range of settings, from city, state, and federal courts, to proceedings before the IRS and arbitration panels. Students also assist community organizations in securing nonprofit corporation status and in addressing a range of other legal issues, and often conduct community education programs. Through the clinic experience, students develop skills in the areas of professional responsibility, law practice management, substantive law, collaboration and more.
Our Externship Programs provide students with many excellent experiential opportunities: a CNY externship, or a full semester externship in Washington, D.C. or New York City. This gives students the opportunity to work with and as lawyers in real office settings. The CNY Program consists of around 40 placements where students work under the supervision of a lawyer or judge in offices throughout Upstate NY. These placements include government offices, judicial chambers of all levels, public interest organizations, general counsel, and university offices. In D.C., there are several placements where students develop an understanding of how lawyers functions in our nation's capital and in New York City, learn how lawyers work in one of the most dynamic cities for lawyers.