The University of New Mexico was among the first law schools to require student clinics. Over the past 40 years, New Mexico Law students have represented clients in settings such as the state’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. In these clinics, students work in teams under the guidance of a faculty member. The most popular programs include civil law, criminal law, estate planning, taxes, and tribal law.
The guiding principle behind Stanford Law is that “work in the service of society is the responsibility (and reward) of every lawyer.” And Stanford’s clinical program exemplifies this philosophy. The program consists of 10 clinics, which are run by faculty members, including several chairs. Stanford is best-known for its Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students author briefs and filings and conduct moots before trial. Over the past six years, the clinic has represented over three dozen cases that were considered by or argued before the United States Supreme Court.
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