Established in 1976, WVU’s clinical law program provides over 40,000 hours of pro bono legal aid per year. The program was recognized with the 2012 Excellence in Pro Bono Award from the national rating service Super Lawyers.2015-16 Clinic Highlights PDF
WVU Law offers clinical law opportunities in 9 areas: Civil Practice; Child & Family Advocacy with Medical-Legal Partnership; Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law; Immigration Law; Innocence Project; Taxpayer Advocacy; Land Use & Sustainable Development; United States Supreme Court; and the Veterans Advocacy.
The clinical law program is structured like a major law firm so that students can gain work experience across multiple practice areas.
Recent accomplishments of the WVU clinical law program include obtaining asylum for Syrian refugees, clearing a man’s name from the sex offender registry, and signing an agreement with the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg — the first of its kind between a VA hospital and a law school.
Working in the clinical law program helps students develop practice-ready skills. Heavy emphasis is placed on the development of the professional lawyer role with particular attention to the Rules of Professional Responsibility.
Clinic students cover Monongalia County Domestic Violence Docket
Students from all clinics cover the Domestic Violence docket every Thursday morning in the Monongalia County Family Court. Students assist petitioners requesting service on those days. On average, five to seven clients seek assistance every session, for a total of more than two hundred clients a year. Their cases range from assaults to stalking to child abuse. The students interview the clients and then assist them in presenting their cases to the Judge.