The development of legal skills and ethical values is central to legal education. To aid in this development and to assist community members, UMass Law offers several opportunities. Typically, Clinic clients are those who would otherwise not be able to afford legal assistance.
Students are allowed to register for one clinic or one field placement per semester. For more information about our clinical offerings, please see the Clinical Programs Infopac (PDF) and the Field Placement Programs Infopac (PDF).
The clinics are located both on campus and off-campus locations. UMass Law maintains an in-house law firm which is comprised of the Immigration & Community Development Clinics. The off-site clinics are situated in established law offices, including the Bristol County District Attorney's office as well as South Counties Legal Services, Inc.
Those participating in our legal clinics offer clients who otherwise would be unrepresented the chance to benefit from quality legal representation for their claims.
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Real-world skill building
In addition to the assistance provided to local residents, a legal clinic offers much to its student representatives—a chance to develop technical lawyering skills as well as to grapple with the ethical issues that present themselves daily in the practice of law.
This experience is a prime way for you to put into action the knowledge you have gained during your classroom experience. Law school no longer remains an academic exercise; rather, it becomes a real-life experience.
Legal clinics are one of the ways through which students can develop their practice skills and ethical values. UMass Law offers other programs that help our students achieve these competencies. For example, you will:
- develop the skills of legal research, analysis, and writing through the required Legal Skills curriculum
- gain lawyering skills and awareness of ethical values through the Field Placement program
- have the opportunity to offer legal help to community members through the Pro Bono program