About Clinical Law
Students enrolled in the intensive clinical law program (a full-term, 15 credit program) take on client files at CLASSIC under the close supervision of CLASSIC’s two supervising lawyers and attend a weekly seminar course instructed by the Clinical Law professor, who coordinates the program and evaluates students.
Students take on files in a broad range of areas of law, and are responsible for interviewing and counseling clients, preparing court documents, negotiating with opposing parties, and advocating for their clients before courts and tribunals. Students enrolled in the Advanced Clinical Law course also complete a larger clinical law project, which typically involves community-based collaborations with local agencies (for example, providing public legal education seminars or working on specific projects with agencies such as AIDS Saskatoon and the Elizabeth Fry Society).
What our students have to say
“I will look back on my time at CLASSIC as one of the best things I’ve done with my life.”
“I learned about the troubles faced by impoverished clients. I learned how to cope and remain positive in difficult legal situations, and gained practical experience.”
“I learned how to interact with clients who can, at times, be very different from me and I learned, also, much about the Cree and Dene cultures.”
“The course is great; should be required for all students. It instills a law student’s career with an ethic of service and pro bono work, along with giving invaluable practical experience.”
“This has been the best experience of my law school career.”
Reaping experiential benefits
Clinical law students, through their work with clients at CLASSIC, take on client files under the supervision of practicing lawyers. They are exposed to the complexity and nuances of legal practice, and are called upon to develop both technical lawyering skills and professional skills, such as judgment and legal analysis, through case work.
Each step of students’ work is carefully mentored by supervising lawyers and the course instructor, ensuring ample opportunities for learning and reflecting on experiences. The immersion in professional practice also exposes students to the complex ethical duties of lawyers. Thus, the program exemplifies the integration of ethical practice along with an emphasis on particular lawyering skills.
The students, their future clients and the legal community all ultimately benefit.