Clinics, Judicial Internships, and Supervised Fieldwork

Long a part of the Marquette curriculum, these for-credit programs offer many different kinds of experiential learning, taking advantage of the Law School’s proximity to and relationship with a diverse set of trial and appellate courts, prosecution and defense offices, federal, state, and municipal government agencies, and public interest organizations. Each program is different and each offers its participants a different type of experiential learning. In considering these programs, students are challenged to evaluate how the programs might complement classroom learning, offer opportunities to participate in lawyering activities in real-life settings, develop critical lawyering skills, build a resume, and furnish reference sources for future employment searches.

A number of supervised fieldwork opportunities, including both the Prosecutor and Public Defender Clinics, will find certified students engaged in providing a full range of services to clients such as court appearances, preliminary hearings, evidentiary and non-evidentiary motions, pre-trial conferences, trials, and sentencing proceedings.

About 70 percent of recent graduates have participated in at least one of these opportunities, many of them more than one. Marquette Law School aims for our graduates to “embrace a professional life that advances the Jesuit mission
of service.” 1

A sample of recent offerings which particularly embrace this mission include:

  • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
  • Centro Legal
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin
  • Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin
  • Internal Revenue Service (U.S. Treasury Office of Chief Counsel)
  • Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
  • Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic (LEC)
  • Marquette Legal Initiative for Nonprofit Corporations (M-LINC)
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Prosecutor Clinic
  • Public Defender Clinic
  • U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court

1. “Learning Outcomes: Marquette University Law School” (adopted by Law Faculty in October 2005).