As the only law school in the state, WVU College of Law has a distinguished history of providing public service law through its clinical law program, the Center for Law and Public Service, the Public Interest Advocates, and the West Virginia Law Institute.
Our award-winning Clinical Law Program develops practice-ready skills while offering important legal assistance to those in need. Under law faculty supervision, students annually provide more than 40,000 hours of free legal aid through our 10 law clinics.
Center for Law and Public Service
The Center for Law and Public Service offers a wide variety of externships in nonprofit, government, and judicial settings, locally and around the country, to help students with valuable career-building experience while serving the community. The Center also engages students in public interest law by fostering a dialogue about current legal services and policy issues, and by encouraging students to become leaders who seek creative solutions toward achieving equal access to justice in society.
Public Interest Advocates
The PIA is a student organization that exists to sponsor summer fellowships and other opportunities for WVU law students in the public interest field and to promote interest in public interest lawyering. It works closely with the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest.
The West Virginia Law Institute
Founded in 1988, the West Virginia Law Institute has endeavored to fulfill its legislative mandate to promote and encourage the clarification and simplification of the law of West Virginia. A state organization whose members consist of leading lawyers, judges, and legal scholars, the Institute’s work has constituted initiatives in reforms of major pieces of legislation such as the Intestate Succession Project, the Tax Delinquent Property Project, the Uniform Adoption Act, and the Business Corporations Act and the Nonprofit Corporations Act.