Clinics, Externships, and Skills 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.


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 lawyering skills 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.

Finally, pro bono programs offer students an opportunity to provide direct service to clients who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

Students who wish to discuss experiential learning opportunities should feel free to contact Professor Robert Jones, Associate Dean for Experiential Programs, 3111 Eck Hall,, 574-631-4863.


Trial Advocacy Team Wins AAJ Regionals, Advances to Semifinals


The Law School’s AAJ national team advanced to the final four of the American Association of Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Pittsburgh this past weekend. In due course, Notre Dame’s Miguel Contreras, Erin Kauffman, Jonathan Mahoney and Adam Zamora defeated the national teams from Belmont, Syracuse, Washington, and Massachusetts before losing a split decision to George Mason. (Stetson University ultimately defeated George Mason to win the competition.)

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Contact Info

For Prospective Students:

Law School Admissions
P: 574.631.6626
F: 574.631.5474

For Current Students:

Student Services Office
1100 Eck Hall of Law
P: 574.631.6890
F: 574.631.3980