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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning at the University of Memphis School of Law

A strength of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is its commitment to graduating students who are prepared to practice law. Within Memphis Law’s Experiential Learning Curriculum, upper-level students build upon the foundation of core doctrinal course work by immersing themselves in supervised legal activities designed to further develop essential lawyering skills and professional values. The Experiential Learning Curriculum centers around two academic programs:

The University of Memphis Legal Clinic
The University of Memphis Externship Program    

The University of Memphis Legal Clinic

The University of Memphis Legal Clinic is an academic program and professional law office housed within the walls of the law school. Working under the direct and ongoing supervision of licensed faculty members, Clinic student attorneys represent clients in a wide variety of lawsuits and other legal matters, maintaining primary responsibility for all aspects of the cases to which they are assigned. Through their case-related work and simultaneous participation in a faculty-led, weekly seminar, Clinic student attorneys further hone essential legal skills and take an important step toward becoming strategic, reflective, and self-aware attorneys.

The following Clinics will be offered during the Spring 2015 semester: the Child and Family Litigation Clinic, the Elder Health Law Advocacy Clinic, the Mediation Clinic, and the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic. Other Clinics offered on a semester-to-semester basis include the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Elder Law Clinic, and the Housing Adjudication Clinic.

For more information about the University of Memphis Legal Clinic, please see:

In-House Clinical Programs

The University of Memphis Externship Program

The University of Memphis Externship Program offers upper-level law students the opportunity to earn academic credit for carefully supervised legal work they perform in a variety of practice settings throughout the Memphis area. Stepping outside the traditional classroom, externship students learn by doing and observing, further developing essential research and writing skills, communication abilities, and problem-solving techniques under the direction of local judges and attorneys. To maximize this experiential learning opportunity, externship students simultaneously participate in a faculty-led seminar designed to introduce the essential habits of the reflective practitioner and assessment of the skills, relationships, issues, and mindsets that prevail in the practice setting.

Field placements through the Externship Program include the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, Shelby County Circuit Court, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office, Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, the National Labor Relations Board, and Memphis Area Legal Services.

For more information about the University of Memphis Externship Program, please see:


Externship News

Spring 2015 Clinic Application

Spring 2015 Externship Course Application

Faculty and Staff

In-House Clinical Programs

Child & Family Litigation Clinic
Civil Litigation Clinic
Elder Law Clinic
Elder Health Law Advocacy Clinic
Housing Adjudication Clinic
Mediation Clinic
Neighborhood Preservation Clinic
Student Testimonials
Clinic News
Clinic Alumni


Field Placement Descriptions
Policies and Guidelines
Externship News
Student Testimonials
Field Supervisor Testimonials
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