The clinical programs operate through seven distinct, autonomous units that function as separate 'law firms' with their own faculty and support staff:
- Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, which includes the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, Civil Rights Clinic: Police Accountability, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic, Employment Law Clinic, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, Housing Initiative Clinic, International Human Rights Clinic, Mental Health Advocacy Clinic and the Social Service Project
- Exoneration Project Clinic
- Innovation Clinic
- Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship
- Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic
- Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab Clinic
- Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic
In addition, there are three other clinics in which students work on behalf of clients in a supervised field placement at an outside agency and take a companion seminar at the Law School:
One of the earliest law school-affiliated legal clinics, the Mandel Clinic comprises a number of projects intended to teach students effective advocacy skills while serving as advocates for people typically denied access to justice.
- Abrams Environmental Law Clinic
- Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project
- Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project
- Employment Discrimination Project
- Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
- Housing Initiative
- International Human Rights Clinic
- Mental Health Project
- Social Service Project
The Exoneration Project represents clients who have been convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. The Project assists clients in asserting their claims of actual innocence in state and federal court.
Through a seminar combined with a field placement at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, students assist with representation of domestic and sexual violence survivors to meet a broad range of legal needs.
The Innovation Clinic offers entrepreneurs in the CIE’s Business Incubator program assistance with legal issues common to start-ups, such as incorporation, founder’s agreements, intellectual property licensing, employment agreements, and contracts.
The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, or IJ Clinic, is a public interest organization devoted principally to expanding economic liberties. It provides a range of legal services, especially those for start-up businesses, to local entrepreneurs in economically disadvantaged communities.
The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab aims to provide students with “real-world” work experience and to prepare them to become well-rounded legal practitioners, all the while working on cutting-edge legal projects with world-class companies.
The Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts.
The Poverty and Housing Law Clinic exposes students to the practice of poverty law work by giving them the opportunity to work on housing related cases at the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), which provides free legal services to indigent clients in civil matters.
The clinic provides students with an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system through the combination of a 2-quarter seminar and a clinical placement in either a prosecutor's office or public defender's office.