The experiences and knowledge you gain at Santa Clara Law will develop and hone your lawyering skills. Prepare for your legal career by joining our community of lawyers who lead.

Academic-focused centers that promote scholarship.

Center for Global Law & Policy

Center for Global Law & Policy promotes scholarship in the field of international and comparative law and provides a variety of educational opportunities for law students.

Center for Social Justice and Public Service

Center for Social Justice and Public Service is a community for all who share the commitment to giving voice in the legal system to marginalized, subordinated, or underrepresented clients and causes.

High Tech Law Institute

The High Tech Law Institute helps coordinate Santa Clara Law’s many high tech and intellectual property law programs, initiatives, and events to foster strong ties among our faculty, students, alumni, and the thriving high tech community.

Faculty-supervised opportunities to develop lawyering skills.

Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic

The Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic focuses on the needs of early-stage Silicon Valley companies, serving the dual purposes of providing SCU-affiliated startups with high-quality, affordable legal help, and giving Santa Clara Law students real-life exposure to legal issues that confront high-tech or other Silicon Valley companies.

International Human Rights Clinic

International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) provides Santa Clara Law students with unique, practical, and supervised real-life experiences in international human rights litigation and advocacy, and represents victims of human rights violations in partnership with regional and international human rights organizations.

Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center

The Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center provides pro bono advice and representation in several areas including workers’ rights, consumer rights and immigration rights.

Low Income Tax Clinic

The Low Income Tax Clinic helps to ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for the benefit of the local community, and educates students in the effective, professional and ethical representation of clients before the IRS.

Northern California Innocence Project

The mission of the Northern California Innocence Project is to promote a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and protect the rights of the innocent.

Attorney-supervised work outside of the law school for credit.


Externships are unpaid, credit positions that entail working with a law firm, in-house corporate counsel, government agency, court or public interest organization. Externships allow students to learn and enhance their legal skills through practical experience in a field placement. Learning from experience is critical for life long professional development as an attorney.

Other Skill-building Opportunities
Additional ways to develop essential lawyering competencies.

Broadband Institute of California

Broadband Institute of California specializes in applied research and education in the areas of law, technology and public policy.

Center for Insurance Law and Regulation

Center for Insurance Law and Regulation website includes synopses of pending California legislation on insurance law, occasional research papers from students and others.

Honors Moot Court

Honors Moot Court gives law students the means to showcase their legal skills and advocacy abilities while developing professional law practice skills.

Immigration Appellate Practice Clinic

Students represent individuals seeking review of deportation orders before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The students communicate with their clients, research the law and develop arguments, write a brief, and present oral argument before the Court.

Institute of Sports Law & Ethics

The Institute will reflect the University’s commitment to a rigorous intellectual and moral inquiry in the field of sports, with a view toward fostering competence, conscience and compassion in that area of endeavor.

Leadership Initiative

Leadership Initiative promotes the development of leadership education for law students by working with academics and members of the legal profession.

Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing (LARAW)

LARAW helps get you practice-ready by providing three semesters of legal analysis, research, and writing courses, designed to allow you to acquire and hone your skills.