Experiential learning provides students with hands-on opportunities to understand how the law works in action, with real clients on real problems. These opportunities typically occur through pro bono projects, externships and clinical courses, allowing UC Irvine School of Law students to address gaps in our justice system and assist those with the greatest need in our community.
All experiential opportunities are under the close supervision of faculty or practicing attorneys.
All first-year students conduct intake interviews of actual clients at local public law agencies. The Law School has also established several clinics covering environmental, business and immigration law, appellate litigation and fair employment and housing cases.
Students can earn academic credit doing legal work for judges, non-profit organizations and government agencies. In addition to working a minimum number of hours, students must complete a classroom component and other academic requirements to earn credit.
Students and faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in the Pro Bono Program, providing legal services to underserved communities while supervised by an attorney or member of the law school faculty. Students do not receive academic credit or pay for their work, but log valuable experiential-learning time.