WVU Law’s award-winning Clinical Law Program develops practice-ready skills while offering important legal assistance to those in need. Under law school faculty supervision, students annually provide more than 40,000 hours of free legal aid through our law school’s 10 law clinics.
Clients can contact our clinic directly but are often referred by the local Legal Aid Society or by state and federal judges, tax court, attorneys, and social service agencies.
Training Future Lawyers
The Clinical Law Program is structured like a law firm so students gain experience across multiple legal practice areas and all phases of lawyering. Clinic students counsel clients regarding legal options, draft briefs and documents, negotiate on behalf of clients, and appear in court to litigate claims. The Clinical Law Program is directed by top faculty members: Steptoe & Johnson Professor of Law Marjorie McDiarmid and Deputy Director & Professor Law Valena Beety.Civil law practice includes the following law clinics:
- General Practice Law Clinic
- Child & Family Law Clinic with Medical-Legal Partnership
- Domestic Violence Law Clinic
- Immigration Law Clinic
- West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic
- Taxpayer Advocacy Law Clinic
- Veterans Assistance Project Law Clinic
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic
- Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic
- U.S. Supreme Court Law Clinic
West Virginia College of Law’s commitment to free legal services to low-income clients has earned an important distinction: The 2012 Excellence in Pro Bono Award from the national rating service Super Lawyers, which recognizes only one law school each year.