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  • Vollmer teaching
    Students learn to solve clients’ problems by using effective research techniques, in-depth legal analysis, and clear and concise written and oral communication beginning with their first year legal writing classes.
  • Moot Court
  • Supreme Court building
    Clinics offer students opportunities ranging from Supreme Court appeals to criminal defense work.

Practice Skills

Practice Skills

Practice Skills at Penn State Law

  • Photo of ClinicsClinics

    Second- and third-year students get practical experience in interviewing clients, legal research, oral argument, and case management. Clinics focus on civil rights, criminal defense, family law, child advocacy, agricultural law, and international development.

  • Photo of CourthouseExternships

    Under the guidance of an experienced supervisor, second- and third-year students gain practical experience working in government offices, judicial chambers, and nonprofit organizations. Externships are available near the Law School as well as Washington, D.C. and The Hague.

  • Photo of Students in ClassPractice-Oriented Courses

    Upper-level courses enable students to excel in practice areas like real estate, national security, and business law, as well as build negotiation, courtroom advocacy, and mediation skills.

  • Photo of StudentsLegal Research and Writing

    A variety of legal writing classes give students the training they need to communicate professionally with judges, clients, colleagues, and adversaries. The Practice Oriented Research Tips and Training Certificate Program teaches students how to use research time effectively in a law firm environment.

  • Photo of ExperiencesExtracurricular Advocacy Experiences

    Students compete in national and international advocacy events, building oral presentation, research, negotiation, and litigation skills.

  • Photo of Shaking HandsSummer Experiences

    Meaningful work during the summer is important for law students to gain on-the-job experience and build connections with other legal professionals. The Career Planning and Development staff works to help students through all phases of the job search.