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Experiential Learning

We are committed to graduating students who are ready to practice law. Students develop practical skills as they solve problems for real clients, while at the same time exploring different career paths and networking with experienced attorneys.

  • Numerous Opportunities: Students are challenged to integrate what they are learning in the classroom with practical experiences that foster lawyering skills under the mentorship of lawyers and judges.
  • Judicial Internships: Marquette law students have prime access to judicial internships with the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, the Wisconsin Courts of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Clinical & Supervised Fieldwork: With over 50 externships available each semester with government agencies, state and federal courts, and nonprofits, approximately 75% of law students will participate in at least one experiential learning program during their academic careers.


A strength of Marquette Law School is the diversity and number of experiential learning opportunities we have for our students.

We know how to do it, and we do it well.

In the law school, we have a broad variety of what are called workshops that are specifically designed to foster lawyering skills. We also offer vast opportunities for experiential learning in our program of clinics and internships. It takes full advantage of our position as the only law school in a very large legal community.

We have established internship arrangements with more than 50 government agencies and state and federal courts, various nonprofits. And by the time their class graduates, approximately 75% of them will have done at least one internship. Many students will have done two or three, or even more than that.

Through all of these, our students are paired with lawyers. They're being mentored, and they're learning how to be a practitioner.

I had a few different positions through the clinical programs. My first position as a 2L was with the City Attorney's Office in Milwaukee. After that, I worked for a small nonprofit firm called Centro Legal. And in my last year, I was involved in an externship in the Public Defender's Office. And there's no doubt in my mind that the experiences that I had helped prepare me. Being able to act like a lawyer right out of the gate, I think, was invaluable.

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