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Pepperdine Caruso Law Clinical Education Program Expands Opportunities in Clinics, Externships, and Practicum Courses

The Pepperdine Caruso Law Clinical Education Program continues to expand opportunities in its clinics, externships, and practicum courses as it advances its missions of fruitful education, professional formation, and access to justice.  The Clinical Program gives students the experience of working with clients, learning from expert faculty, observing the work of lawyers and courts, growing as professionals, and seeking justice for those in need.

Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Global Programs Jeffrey Baker comments, "In our programs, everything is pedagogy; every client, matter, task, and conversation is an opportunity to teach and learn. Our students and faculty serve clients from Skid Row to the Ninth Circuit, from state courts to the IRS, from the US to four other continents, through litigation, mediation, transactions and every step of client-centered advice, counsel, and advocacy."

With the launch of the Religous Liberty Clinic in the spring of 2022, the Clinical Program now offers ten specialized clinics, which include the Legal Aid Clinic, the Community Justice Clinic, the Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, the Restoration and Justice Clinic, the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, the Faith and Family Mediation Clinic, the Mediation Law Clinic, and the Startup Law Clinic.  Each of the clinics offers a unique scope and style of practice, affording students valuable opportunities to develop as professionals and serve clients and communities in great need.

The Clinical Program is also pleased to offer a robust externship program with over 100 field placements each semester in diverse placements throughout Southern California. The program structures summer externships throughout the nation and the world, and it coordinates on field placements for the London Program and the Washington DC Externship Semester.

In addition, the Clinical Program is re-launching two practicum courses this year that were paused during the pandemic: the Public Interest Practicum and the Therapeutic Justice Practicum. These practicums give students the opportunity to work with justice-involved lawyers, services, and clients.

Through its legal clinics, externship program, and practicum courses, Caruso Law students thrive in practice during law school and emerge prepared to advance access to justice locally, nationally, and globally.

To read more about the exciting developments in the Clinical Program please visit the website at Pepperdine Caruso Law Clinical Education Program