Clinical courses provide numerous opportunities for students to engage in the actual representation of clients. Clinical students are involved in all phases of representation, such as interviewing and counseling clients, entity formation, contract-drafting, fact investigation, pretrial litigation, hearings and trials, brief, motions, and appellate argument. In some clinics, students are admitted under student practice rules of state, federal, or administrative courts to practice law while under the direct and close supervision of a faculty member.
Practicum courses are similar to clinical courses, but the students do their work outside the clinical program offices, sometimes in the offices of the supervising adjunct professor.
Learn more about Cornell Law School’s clinical program.