Clinical Training

Clinical Training

Virginia's 19 clinics, many of which offer contact with clients, build experience with real-world problems. Students also advance their skills through courses in public speaking, trial advocacy and professional responsibility, as well as extracurricular moot court and mock trial competitions.


Under the supervision of an attorney, students perform the lawyer functions associated with their cases, including client and witness interviews, factual development, legal research, preparation of pleadings and negotiation. Students with third-year practice certification may also be responsible for courtroom advocacy. The following clinics are offered most years. Numbers in parentheses indicate which academic year(s) the courses were offered, i.e., 2015-16 is coded (16), 2016-17 is coded (17), and 2017-18 is coded (18).


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Innocence Clinic

UVA Law Innocence Project Client Released After 30 Years

Emerson Stevens, a client of the University of Virginia School of Law Innocence Project, walked out of the Greensville Correctional Center on May 19 a free man, though he is not yet cleared of the crime for which he was convicted.

In the sweltering prison parking lot, the newly paroled Stevens was greeted by about a dozen members of his extended family. Stevens embraced his joyful family members, starting with his wife, Sandra. To celebrate the moment, Stevens donned a T-shirt printed with the slogan, "Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of my freedom."