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Law Office of Professional Development

Office Address:

Law Center
1825 W. Rocket Dr., Ste. 1030
Mailing Address:
2801 W. Bancroft, MS 507
Toledo, OH 43606
419.530.2851

OPD@utoledo.edu

Experiential Opportunities

All of our students participate in a live-client clinic or real-world externship before they graduate. In addition, the College has a number of cutting edge simulation courses and a robust experiential appellate and trial advocacy program. If you have questions about how our experiential learning opportunities fit into your professional development plan, please contact the Office of Professional Development.

Below are quick-links to several of the programs students use to support their summer work experiences and a more detailed look at our experiential opportunities. Click here to review lists of possible employer locations to gain legal experience.

Federal Work-Study Program
Public Interest Summer Fellowships
Public Service Commendation Program
Public Service Externship Clinic

S
ome clinics and public service experiences will request that a student become a certified legal intern.  For details on this process for Ohio, click here.

OUR CLINICS

The College of Law was one of the first American law schools to embrace clinical legal education, through which law students gain practical, real-world legal skills through supervised legal practice under the guidance of the College’s clinical faculty.  

Instruction in the College’s clinics involves learning by doing, with small classes and direct supervision from clinical professors actively engaged in the practice of law. The College has six clinical programs.

  • Professor Rob Salem, a nationally recognized expert on anti-bullying efforts, teaches the Civil Advocacy Clinic, exposing students to a wide range of civil areas of legal practice and advocacy. For instance, Professor Salem and his students recently won asylum for a gay couple from Russia.
  • Professor Maara Fink teaches the Dispute Resolution Clinic, which trains students as mediators and then sends them to local court systems to attempt to help parties resolve their disputes outside of litigation.
  • Professor Dan Nathan teaches the Children’s Rights Clinics, representing indigent clients in cases involving child custody, adoption, civil protection orders, and child abuse and neglect.
  • The College recently added a Criminal Appeals Clinic, taught by practicing attorney and part-time professor Debbie Rump.
  • The Public Service Externship Clinic places students in the offices of courts, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations under the supervision of attorneys.
  • The Criminal Law Practice Program places students in externships with state and federal prosecutors’ offices.

SIMULATION COURSES EMPHASIZE PRACTICAL LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM

Toledo Law offers other externship placements and simulation courses. In recent years, those have included Constitutional Litigation (simulation), Pretrial Litigation (simulation), Sports Law Practicum (externship), Motor Vehicle Collisions (simulation), and Employment Law Drafting (simulation).

BUILD ON PRACTICAL SKILLS IN MOOT COURT AND TRIAL ADVOCACY PROGRAMS

The College of Law also provides practical learning experiences to students through its Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs. As members of the Trial Advocacy Team, students prepare and compete in mock trial competitions against law schools across the country. The Moot Court Program gives students the opportunity to practice their written and oral advocacy skills in mock appeals cases. 

TEST YOUR SKILLS DURING ANNUAL CHARLES W. FORNOFF APPELLATE ADVOCACY COMPETITION

The annual intra-school Charles W. Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition is a rite of passage for many of our students. The competition begins in the spring of a student’s first year and continues into the following fall semester. The double-elimination tournament culminates with a final round held each fall in an auditorium packed with faculty, family members, and peers. The final panel of judges typically includes federal judges and state Supreme Court justices.

Additional experiential opportunities 

In January 2007, the College of Law launched the Public Service Commendation Program to recognize and encourage student engagement in the community. A student may earn a Public Service Commendation for each semester in which he or she performs 30 or more documented hours of unpaid law-related public service work as approved by the College of Law Public Service Coordinator.

The Federal Work-Study Program and Public Interest Summer Fellowships provide other sources of funding for law students seeking to gain real-world experience.

 

Last Updated: 2/13/17