Practicum courses combine study of a substantive area under a full-time professor with service learning alongside practicing lawyers.

These four-credit courses are based on 120 hours of in-field work (about 10 hours a week) assisting and observing practicing attorneys. They also require weekly classroom work in conjunction with a full-time professor, exploring the substantive law in depth and reflecting on the process of becoming an attorney.

The course requirements include assigned reading, weekly journaling to reflect on the students' experiences in practice, and an end-of-semester white paper on a legal topic that grows from their work. The final products will be published on the School of Laws website, making them available to practicing attorneys and scholars worldwide, and also demonstrating the students' analytical and legal writing skills.

Please review the instructions below carefully. All interested students should apply for a UB Law’s Legal Practicum via the online application. Please note that there is a separate application for applying to a clinic.
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