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Gain Skills through Real-World Experience 

The commitment to ensuring that our graduates are practice-ready directs the CUA Law experience. Recognizing that classwork and textbooks alone do not quite complete the transformation of student to lawyer, all academic programs include transition-to-practice requirements. Many also require participation in clinics, externships, trial or moot court teams, or other hands-on experience.
 
Through "live client" and simulated lawyering experiences, students learn practical trial techniques, research and writing skills, and other important lawyering skills, such as counseling, interviewing, negotiating, and mediating.


Clinics

Clinical skills lie at the heart of how the law functions as a tool to help and protect others, especially society’s most vulnerable. The law school’s clinical options offer students invaluable, firsthand experience in representing real clients with real legal problems in real courts, under the supervision of faculty members.


Externships and Outreach

CUA Law’s externship program is among the most extensive in the nation. Students earn class credit and priceless real-world experience in a vast array of legal practice settings that include government, private firms, the judiciary, think tanks, agencies and many other places.

 

> Legal Externship Program
> SEC Student Honors Program
> CUA-Haiti Initiatives

Simulated Lawyering Courses
and Moot Court

Realistic courtroom practice makes better lawyers and client advocates. CUA Law’s lawyering courses and programs expose students to roles as prosecutor, defense counsel, mediator, brief writer and case researcher, offering as close to real-world experience as it is possible for a law student to have. 

> Simulation Courses
> Trial, Appellate, and Arbitration Moot
   Court Teams