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Clinical education: Student-attorneys representing clients

The University of Baltimore School of Law annually provides nearly 200 students the opportunity to participate in clinical programs and externships. These programs provide both day and evening students a broad range of experiential learning opportunities as licensed student-attorneys (clinics) and closely supervised law clerks (externships).

While students in the clinical program at the University of Baltimore School of Law receive unmatched, real-life practical experience, they also generate significant results that benefit the Baltimore region and Maryland. In addition, the school's proximity to Washington, D.C., allows students to participate in externships in a wide range of governmental, public-interest and private-sector placements. Clinics represent, on average, 200 low-income clients every year, including adults, children, neighborhood associations and other nonprofit organizations.

Under the supervision of faculty, most clinics allow students to provide the full range of representation to clients. Clinic work includes interviewing, counseling, planning case strategy and appearing in court or before administrative agencies. Certain clinics, such as the Community Development Clinic, provide experience in transactional work.

Finally, most clinics also allow students to engage in more systemic work, including drafting and testifying in support of legislation and participating in state and national task forces on issues such as child neglect, domestic violence, protection for consumers and the promotion of affordable housing.

The clinic facility is run as a law office with a teaching and a public-service mission.

Clinical Legal Writing Program
A vital and dynamic part of the University of Baltimore School of Law's clinical program is the Clinical Legal Writing Program. This unique initiative, created and directed by Professor Cheri Wyron Levin (known as the "Writing Doctor"), integrates the teaching of writing into the clinical program.

Students participate in interactive seminars about legal-writing topics, such as letter writing and pleading and discovery drafting. Levin also works one on one with students on specific pieces of writing that they are preparing for their cases. Clinic students receive "Prescriptions for Healthy Writing," a series of mini-articles about various writing issues and problems compiled by Levin, who also assists clinic faculty with complex and challenging cases.