Through clinics, students gain valuable skills, knowledge, and mental habits that help prepare them for a successful practice, as well as deep insight into the strategic, ethical, and relational dimensions of the legal profession.
The College of Law offers a variety of exciting clinic opportunities.
Creative Advocacy Lab
The Creative Advocacy Lab explores modes of legal advocacy beyond traditional client representation, re-envisioning lawyers as community educators, problem-solvers, and storytellers. In collaboration with community partners, students will use creative tools—like design thinking, narrative, plain language writing, and visual communication—to make legal information accessible to those who need it.
Creative Advocacy Lab will not be offered after Spring 2024.
Environmental Justice Clinic
The Environmental Justice Clinic partners with low-income communities and communities of color to challenge the inequitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits and ensure meaningful participation in environmental decision-making. Students enrolled in the clinic use a range of tools and an interdisciplinary approach to advance environmental justice.
Environmental Policy Accelerator
The Environmental Policy Accelerator (EPA) develops legal and policy analysis to assist policymakers confronting pressing environmental challenges. This year EPA will focus on water conservation and the Great Salt Lake.
The Post-Conviction Clinic gives students the opportunity to work on cases where the client has been convicted of a crime, has completed their direct appeals, and has exhausted all constitutionally guaranteed processes to someone accused of a crime. In cooperation with the Utah Appellate Defense Division of the Utah Indigent Defense Commission, students in the Post-Conviction Clinic assist to investigate and litigate cases where the client claims either that they are innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted, or that their constitutional rights were violated before, during or after their trial.
Refugee Law Clinic
The Refugee Law Clinic offers students the opportunity to represent refugees and other immigrants who are seeking protection from persecution in their country of origin. The clinic partners with organizations serving the refugee and immigrant community in Utah. Students assist clients with accessing resettlement benefits (including work authorization), applications for asylum and other humanitarian forms of protection, and other legal projects and policy initiatives to advocate on behalf of the immigrant and refugee community in Utah.