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Put knowledge, skills and ethics to work.

Cooley requires a minimum of 3 credits of clinic or externship or comparable experience.

Every Cooley graduate has practiced alongside an experienced attorney or judge, whether in one of the nine Cooley clinics or as an extern at one of our more than 2,700 sites across the nation and worldwide.

Learn more about Cooley's clinics and externships.

A guide to the skills required to be a great lawyer. Learn about interviewing, counseling, negotiation, investigation, advocacy, and practice management.


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Clinical Programs »

Students in practice with faculty.

Cooley believes students immersed in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment study and understand the law more fully and are better prepared to serve their clients. Cooley requires a minimum of three credit hours in a clinical experience. Students may apply for clinic courses once they have accumulated 40 credit hours.

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Externships »

Students at work in law offices where they want to practice.

Lawyers across the U.S. and around the world mentor Cooley students and help them establish professional relationships.

Externships are learning opportunities for students placed with more than 3,000 lawyers and judges who provide a mentored learning environment.

At the same time, faculty members guide and assist externs.

Students may receive up to 10 academic credits for their unpaid experience.

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