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Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies

The Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies is the endowed home of Penn Law School’s vibrant clinical program which includes major “live client” clinics and an exciting array of externships at diverse practice settings. As one of the nation’s premier teaching law firms, the Penn Law Clinics are specially designed to help students develop core lawyering competencies drawn from challenging experiential learning opportunities.  

Enrolling in a Clinic will provide you with invaluable practical legal experience that will benefit you as a job seeker and as a new attorney.  Students who enroll in a Clinic learn many of these crucial lawyering skills

  • Client interviewing and counseling
  • How to manage client expectations
  • Financial and other non-legal factors to consider when representing business clientes
  • Communications skills
  • Depositions
  • Witness examination techniques
  • Identifying and resolving professional responsibility issues
  • Factors to consider when deciding whether to accept a case
  • Fact investigation
  • Case planning, strategy and theory development
  • Negotiation skills
  • Oral advocacy in court, administrative agency proceedings, and other fora
  • Effective legal research and writing skills
  • Improved collaboration with colleagues