As part of the first-year requirements, all students participate in a moot court competition. Students research and write an appellate brief, then argue at least once before a panel of judges.
It can be difficult to learn negotiation skills or trial lawyering just by reading texts and taking tests. To be a great advocate who effectively resolves disputes, students also need to practice. But practicing new skills when a client's problem is on the line can be risky.
The Externship Program immerses Willamette law students in the fast-paced world of the practicing lawyer. Students are partnered with attorneys working in various legal settings in the wider community. These students are able to participate in legal work in many different contexts, under the constraints of a real-life practice.
The Clinical Law Program at Willamette University provides law students with the opportunity to represent clients in actual cases and transactions. In the process, they acquire both lawyering skills and a deeper understanding of how legal theories apply to the actual practice of law.