Clinics and Field Placements

Founded in 1966, the Clinical Program at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, offers four in-house clinics and two dozen field placements.  In addition, students can propose independent field placements that are not otherwise offered by the Law School.  Our in-house clinics are taught and supervised by faculty nationally recognized in their areas of expertise.  Field placements are co-supervised by faculty and experienced placement staff attorneys.

 Students must meet the essential abilities and characteristics required for any clinic or field placement in which they wish to participate, in accordance with the law school's Technical Standards found in the Student Handbook, as well as have completed any prerequisites or co-requisites listed in the clinic descriptions found in the Clinic Course Offerings Including Pre- and Co-Requisites.

For more information regarding clinic requirements and placements please see the Clinic FAQs.

In-House Clinics

Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic
Work with government agencies and organizations on land use planning and conservation issues affecting communities in the West.

Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic
Assist tribal governments, courts, organizations, and attorneys on Indian law issues.

Mediation Clinic
Perform mediation and conflict resolution for varying groups of clients.

Veterans Advocacy Clinic
Develop lawyering skills in a complex administrative law setting by providing pro bono legal services to Montana veterans before the VA Regional Office, Board of Veterans Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or Department of Defense boards addressing military discharge upgrade.

Field Placements

ACLU of Montana

Work focuses solely upon constitutional issues and the defense of individual freedoms.

ASMSU Legal Services

Represent and assist Montana State University-Bozeman students with legal issues in a variety of disciplines, including: landlord-tenant, family, criminal defense, immigration, business and non-profit, negotiations, and mediation.

ASUM Legal Services

Represent University of Montana students in civil and minor criminal defense matters.

Federal Defenders of Montana

Represent indigent criminal defendants in federal court.

Judicial Field Placements

Work with a U.S. District Court Judge or Magistrate Judge on cases pending in federal court in Missoula.

Missoula City Attorney's Office

Prosecute traffic and other misdemeanor offenses in the Missoula Municipal Court.

Missoula County Attorney's Office

Work on on felony cases and Dependent and Neglect Proceedings, assist with land-use litigation, appear in court, communicate and negotiate with opposing counsel and pro se defendants, work with county departments, interview witnesses, perform legal research, draft motions.

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forestry and Trust Land Management Divisions

Assist the DNRC in prosecuting and defending law suits, conducting administrative hearings, and conducting legal research and projects.

Montana Department of Natural Resources Water Resources and Trust Lands Management Divisions

Assist the DNRC in prosecuting and defending law suits, conducting administrative hearings, and conducting legal research and projects. (Located in Helena)

Montana Department of Transportation

Assist the MDT with general counsel duties and litigation pertaining to all facets of transportation, construction claims, environmental, real estate, and contract issues.

Montana Domestic Violence Field Placement

Provide direct holistic civil legal representation to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Montana Innocence Project

Work with this nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and advancing credible claims of innocence made by Montana inmates.

Montana Legal Services Association

Represent low-income clients in family, public benefits, administrative law, and low income taxpayer matters.

Montana Legal Services Association-Consumer Protection

Represent low-income clients on issues related to consumer law.

Office of Appellate Defender

Assist with appeals for clients of the Office of the State Public Defender on a variety of cases.

Office of Legal Affairs Child Support Enforcement Division

Represent this state agency in administrative hearings and in district court.

Office of State Public Defender

Work with court appointed attorneys on a variety of cases.

Office of the USDA General Counsel

Assist with civil matters involving the U.S. Forest Service and the Farm Home Administration.

Powell County Attorney's Office

Represent the State of Montana in criminal, civil, and quasi-criminal cases in Justice and District Court, prosecute all felonies and high misdemeanors committed by inmates at the Montana State Prison, as well as all escape charges in the state of Montana. (Located in Deer Lodge)

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Work with in-house counsel on a variety of corporate matters in non-profit conservation organization.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Work on active court cases and receive instruction and guidance from the Judge and court staff.  

U.S. Department of Justice

Assist attorneys in civil and minor criminal matters on behalf of the U.S. government.

U.S. Department of Justice - Billings Office

Assist attorneys prosecuting federal violent crimes in Indian Country; litigation, research and writing, negotiation, communication. This field placement can satisfy the Indian Law Certificate clinic requirement. This is a single-semester field placement. Students enrolled in this field placement must live in Billings during the semester they are enrolled.

The University of Montana Legal Counsel's Office

Work with the University's general counsel, advising the administration and assisting in administrative and judicial proceedings.

The University of Montana Office of Tech Transfer

Work with the Office of Tech Transfer on intellectual property issues involving UM faculty or staff.

Independent Field Placements

Independent Field Placement

Allows a student to propose and secure approval for a clinical experience not currently offered as an in-house clinic or field placement.  Completed Independent Field Placement applications (including student application, supervising attorney application, and three letters of recommendation) should be submitted to Geri Sturgill no later than February 15 to ensure ample time for review and approval. The deadline for approval is March 1 for the summer and next academic year.   Late submissions will not be accepted.