Welcome to the UB Clinical Law Program! As a clinic student, you will develop your legal skills in the course of representing pro bono clients who otherwise could not afford a lawyer. This is where you take what you have learned in books to solve real world legal problems. Our clinics are nationally recognized for the depth and range of our offerings, our deep commitment to our community, and the excellence of our faculty.
In a clinic, you are not a mere law clerk. Rather, you are the lead counsel in your cases and licensed to practice law under the supervision of our faculty. There is no other setting where a law student can assume this level of responsibility. On any given day, you may be interviewing clients, negotiating with opposing counsel, conducting legal research, writing briefs, executing transactional documents, investigating facts, arguing an appeal, or handling a trial. You will leave clinic with solid legal skills, earned confidence, and an impressive resume that will open doors upon graduation.
UB has a wide variety of clinics that can help you determine your own legal path. You can try on the hat of a litigator or conduct corporate deals or mediate family law disputes. You can advocate before a federal court or a government agency or the General Assembly. You can immerse yourself in the criminal justice system or try your hand at civil litigation. You can be a powerful voice for veterans or human trafficking victims or immigrants or the wrongfully incarcerated. Whichever clinic you choose, you will make a profound difference in the lives of your clients.
You will work under the close supervision of our exceptional faculty, all of whom are experienced attorneys, skilled teachers, and leaders within the bar. Clinics provide the smallest faculty-student ratio in the law school. In the words of one clinic alum: “From Clinic, I have gained not only significant personal and professional experience, but a sense of confidence in myself. I am sincere when I say that my choice to participate in a Clinic was the best decision I have made during my time at UB.”
You can learn more about clinical program on this website, at our biannual clinical information fair, and by contacting clinical faculty directly. We would love to tell you about what sets us, and UB, apart.
Michele E. Gilman
Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Education