In order of appearance: Jeff Renz, Maylinn Smith, Dean and Professor Irma Russell, Andrew King-Ries and Michelle Bryan Mudd
A clinical experience enables students to develop the legal skills and judgment needed to help clients solve real problems. Our law school initiated its clinical program in the 1960s with one clinic, currently our clinical program has grown to include twenty-five different clinics. Our partnerships with government agencies and nonprofit entities are complemented by four clinics housed inside the School of Law. We are one of only seven schools in the nation requiring every student to participate in clinical education.
The clinic requirement reinforces our goal of preparing graduates for the practice of law. All third-year students practice in a public interest setting, either in an "in-house" clinic at the law school or under the supervision of an attorney in the community. Students apply the skills and knowledge learned during the first two years of law school to a practice setting where students are challenged to identify and resolve ethical and professionalism issues in practice.
The Mission of The University of Montana School of Law's clinical program is to provide to third-year students faculty-supervised, experience-based learning by representing clients in clinics serving the public interest. The clinical program engages students in applying, enhancing, and integrating substantive and skills components of legal education, improves their ability to identify and resolve ethical and professionalism issues, and assesses student performance and the law school's competency-based curriculum.
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