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university of cincinnati college of law
students work with Judge Robert Winkler at the
courthouse. The school's Center for Professional
Development oversees externships, volunteer
opportunities and job placement, so all real-world
opportunities are under one umbrella.
dling the relationship from the initial meeting to filing documents to closing out. In
most normal settings, you're not getting to
be one-on-one with a client until a couple
of years in. This is giving you that experience while you're in law school."
University of Cincinnati is among
the schools that improved the most this
year. The school's Center for Professional
Development oversees externships, volunteer opportunities and job placement.
That means all real-world opportunities are
under one umbrella.
"I think the students are very much
benefiting from a comprehensive
approach," said Dean Jennifer Bard, adding
that the school's academic advising department is also becoming more career-focused.
"It's linking the course work, the academic
work, with the practical training."
The school is also trying to reinforce the
value of practical training opportunities.
This year's entering class was the first to be
required to meet with the career services
office annually, said Mina Jones Jefferson,
associate dean and director of the Center
for Professional Development.
"I think that is just further evidence
of how the faculty understands that what
they're being taught in classrooms needs to
play out in the marketplace, and we're very
integrated on that front," Jefferson said.
At Mitchell Hamline, we've been teaching students the law for more than a century and
have developed a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. But it takes more than
knowledge of the law to be a great lawyer. That's why we immerse students in hands-on
learning starting on day one. Our pro bono opportunities, externships, and clinics-
supplemented by skills-based instruction and real-world simulations-give students
the maximum possible chance to do the work of real lawyers while still in law school.
Our students don't just learn the law; they are prepared to put it to work.
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