UW Law School Clinical Program Celebrates 30 Years

The Clinical Law Program at the UW School of Law will celebrate its 30th anniversary on February 5 with an all-day continuing legal education course (approved for 6 ethics CLE credits), "Professionalism in Practice: Ethics in Action," featuring clinic faculty and alumni. The day will end with an awards presentation at 5:00 PM to clinic founders Professor Alan Kirtley, The Hon. C.Z. Smith '55, and The Hon. Marsha Pechman, followed by a keynote address by U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan '85 and reception.

Clinics at the UW School of Law offer students credit while they represent real clients or mediate real cases. They learn relevant lawyering skills through close supervision by an experienced lawyer/faculty member. Clinics offer students an opportunity to serve the community and reflect on their experience as they become a lawyer.

The clinical law program is central to the law school's public service and access to justice efforts. Each year, a variety of clinics offer diverse practice opportunities to law students. Nearly 60% of each J.D. class enrolls in a clinic. As the world and the legal profession change, law schools must prepare the next generation to be our advocates and leaders. The UW School of Law provides innovative, student-focused learning in an environment that prepares our students to become highly skilled lawyers in a globally competitive world. Our UW students gain a strong foundation in legal theory, the skills necessary for success in the changing legal profession, and an awareness of their ethical and public service responsibilities.