Clinics, Internships & Externships: Experiential Learning Opportunities
To understand the theory of law, practice it. In addition to our Career Services Office, which assists students in finding internships, the law school offers live client clinics & externships, opportunities to work off campus while earning law school credit. Through these programs, principles learned in the classroom come alive as students provide legal services to the San Diego community.
The Veterans’ Legal Assistance Clinic
The Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic enables students to earn credit toward graduation by assisting military veterans with a variety of legal needs including family law, government benefits, and estate planning.
The Small Business Law Center
The Small Business Law Center supports community economic development in San Diego County by assisting entrepreneurs, artists, inventors, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. The Non-Profit & Small Business Law Clinic assists clients with business formation and contracting needs and The Patent Clinic & The Trademark Clinic help clients to obtain patents and trademarks from the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Both clinics enable students to gain practical experience while earning units toward graduation.
The Small Claims Self-Help Legal Clinic
The Small Claims Self-Help Clinic provides free limited legal assistance for low to moderate income individuals and businesses with small claim issues. TJSL students consult with individuals and small businesses engaged in disputes involving potential damages less than $10,000, including landlord/tenant, consumer law, personal injury, and breach of contract claims. This is a not-for-credit volunteer clinic providing students with valuable experience interviewing and consulting with clients while providing a valuable service to the community. .
The Externship Program
Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Externship program provides students with hands-on legal experience working at government agencies, courts, and private law offices while earning academic credit through a class-room experience. Placement opportunities have included the United States Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender, and City Attorney, as well as law firms of all sizes as well as nonprofits and issue-focused organizations.
The Pro Bono Honors Program
The Pro Bono Honors Program encourages community-based volunteer legal services projects working with underserved populations both in traditional and non-traditional legal settings.
Hear What Our Students & Alumni Have To Say
“The Patent Program at Thomas Jefferson School of Law provided me with invaluable experience working with clients, drafting patent applications, and handling filings on EFS Web. This experience set me apart from other young professionals in the field of Intellectual Property law and allowed me to hit the ground running at my first job without having to go through the typical learning curve that most new hires face.”
Student in the Patent Clinic,
“Participating in the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic under the guidance of Professor Nicole D’Ambrogi was the highlight of my legal education. Under her supervision, the clinic functioned as a bona fide law firm providing the interns with hands-on legal experience. I gained practical skills I use every day in running my law firm, such as conducting client interviews, drafting pleadings, and advocating for my clients in court.”
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