two law students standing in front of a mediation competition sign.

Rachel Vicario ’20 and Darian Wilkom '20 attended the International Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Commercial Mediation Competition held in Paris on February 2020.

Experiential Learning

From Thailand to New York City, moot court competitions to law journals, law students have several opportunities to gain legal skills and experiences from outside the classroom.

  • Clinical Legal Education
    Student lawyers work under the supervision of skilled faculty to engage in practical legal thinking and ethical practice through client representation, policy development, and effective problem-solving work in experiential settings.
  • Externships & Judicial Externships
    Externships and Judicial Externships provide law students with unique legal and public service experience as they work in a variety of government and non-profit organizations.
  • Practicums
    Our Practicum courses provide immersive learning experiences for law students through in-field work assisting and observing practicing attorneys, followed up with weekly classroom work with a professor, exploring the law and reflecting on the process of becoming an attorney.
  • Pro Bono & Access to Justice
    A long tradition of providing pro bono services to the Western New York community and beyond, our pro bono work helps low- and middle-income individuals and community organizations navigate a wide variety of the legal issues that confront them.
  • Summer Fellowships
    Through the combined dedication and support of the School of Law, law alumni, student donors, and members of the legal community, our students have the opportunity to spend their summers working in a number of institutions who are committed to public interest law.
  • New York City Program on Finance & Law
    Students in our New York City Program in Finance and Law spend a semester learning about the high-stakes world of corporate finance.
  • The Advocacy Institute
    The Advocacy Institute is dedicated to helping students cultivate the skills, discipline, and ethics necessary to become creative and principled litigators through our Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, and Mediation programs, as well as moot courts, mock trials and other advocacy competitions.
  • Law Journals
    The School of Law’s wide array of scholarly law journals provides students with the opportunity to develop research and writing skills and make important contributions to legal scholarship.
  • Study Abroad
    The practice of law has become increasingly globalized with attorney and client often located in different countries.  As a law school located within minutes of an international border, the University at Buffalo School of Law keenly recognizes the value of studying law in another country.