Practice Ready Skills

WVU Law teaches with a clear purpose—to prepare law students to be practice ready the day they graduate.

At WVU Law, student work in the classroom is enhanced by experiential opportunities that are available through the Clinical Law Program, Externships, and the Meredith Career Services Center.

Established in 1976, the Clinical Law Program provides over 40,000 hours of pro bono legal aid per year. Supervised by law professors, the clinics serve the public while exposing students to all phases of lawyering, including drafting briefs, trial advocacy, negotiating, and interviewing. The program was recognized with the 2012 Excellence in Pro Bono Award from the national rating service Super Lawyers.

Practical experience through Externships is vital to a legal education, both to put classroom learning to work and to deepen one’s commitment to public service. The College of Law offers a wide variety of externships in nonprofit, government, and judicial settings, both locally and around the country, to help students prepare for their careers.

Among its services, the Meredith Career Services Center helps students secure legal work during the summer or academic year with firms, public interest organizations, or other legal entities. Engaging in hands-on legal work is an integral component of ensuring that students have practice-ready skills upon graduation. On-campus interviewing for paid internships, over 500 job postings on Symplicity, career fairs, and networking with current practitioners, allow WVU Law students to pursue an abundance of opportunities to work under the supervision of practicing attorneys prior to graduating. It’s one of the reason the Class of 2012 employment rate 9 months after graduation beat the national average—87.33% versus 82%.