Clinics & Externship Programs
Civil Practice (Elder Law) Clinic
The Elderly Clinic provides free legal service to persons sixty and over who live in the thirteen southernmost counties in Illinois. Typical cases within the Elderly Clinic include drafting wills, powers of attorney for health care and property, and representing clients in guardianship proceedings. To learn more about the Elder Law Clinic.
Domestic Violence Clinic
Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of domestic violence in select counties in southern Illinois. In a typical case, the student interviews the victim, conducts research, prepares for trial, and represents the victim in obtaining a court order of protection.
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Students enrolled in the Juvenile Justice Clinic work with an experienced clinic attorney and perform legal services and duties to minors for whom the clinic attorney has been appointed guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem represents the best interests of these minors for whom neglect, abuse or dependency petitions have been filed in Jackson County, Illinois.
Public Interest Externship
Students in the Public Interest Externship work in city, state, and federal or non-profit law offices. Externs learn research techniques, fact investigation, legal document drafting, computer skills, and client interviewing and counseling. Students with a 711 student practice license can appear in court and represent clients under attorney supervision.
The Judicial Externship provides a unique opportunity for law students to learn about the legal system by working for a sitting judge. While experiences vary from chambers to chambers, most placements allow externs to hone their research and writing skills while learning how judges make decisions and observing a wide range of courtroom proceedings.
Semester in Practice
Three semester away programs allow students to study away from the law school in Carbondale while earning a full semester’s credit. The programs combine a substantial externship and courses related to their field of study.