Experiential Courses


Clinics and Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a core component of the Notre Dame Law School curriculum. Experiential programs complement the analytical training of the traditional classroom. Hands-on learning allows students to develop practical skills, to explore potential career paths, to reflect on their professional identity, and to observe how the justice system functions.

NDLS offers a wide range of opportunities for students to learn by doing, both in the classroom and beyond:

  • Click here for a list of experiential courses.
  • Click here for a recording of Associate Dean Robert Jones’ presentation “Everything You Need to Know About Experiential Education at NDLS.”
  • Click here for a catalog of experiential learning opportunities, including externships and clinics.

Clinical programs allow students to represent clients in litigation and transactional work, and to mediate civil cases in local courts, under the close supervision of full time faculty members.

Externships allow students to work in non-profit law offices, governmental agencies, judicial chambers and corporate counsel offices while reflecting on their experiences through a concurrent seminar.

Numerous simulation courses allow students to develop litigation, transactional, negotiation, mediation, and other skills. Students may further practice those skills through regional and national competitions in a variety of subject areas.

Immersion courses offer opportunities to learn about justice issues through field observation and interaction with legal professionals.

Students who wish to discuss experiential learning opportunities should feel free to contact Dean Jones, 3111 Eck Hall, rjones1@nd.edu, 574-631-4863.