Clinic students practice their lawyering skills, gain confidence in themselves as lawyers, and apply theoretical concepts to actual cases - all while earning class credit. In custody cases, they make it possible for clients to enjoy the laughter and growth of their children again. They help people with debilitating illnesses establish eligibility for disability benefits, allowing them to pay their bills and keep their self-respect. They assist victims of domestic violence who need relief and release from their abusers. They free wrongfully accused people from jail.
The IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law clinical programs teach students to be competent and compassionate lawyers through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Students gain skills in every level of practice, from interviewing and counseling clients to defending them in jury trials. They also gain a greater understanding of the need for advocates for underserved people and groups who cannot afford representation. Students provide legal advice and advocate for persons who cannot afford legal representation.
Clinic alumni report that their experiences taught them about the practice of law and engendered a desire to serve after law school, manifested either in their choices of careers or in pro bono work.