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    04.07.15 Brooklyn Law School Ranked Among Top 20 in the Nation for Practical Training
    National Jurist cover

    Brooklyn Law School has been ranked among the top 20 law schools in the nation for practical training by The National Jurist. The Law School is among the 20 schools in the nation to earn an A or A+ for practical training, a grade determined by the number of full-time students who enroll in clinics, externships, simulation courses, or who participate in interschool skills competitions. 

    “This recognition is testament to the continuing success of Brooklyn Law School’s diverse, extensive, and comprehensive programs that offer our students the critical real-world experience that launches their legal careers while they are still in school and prepares them to be effective and successful in their future positions from the very start,” said Dean Nicholas W. Allard.

    The Law School requires students to take a “real work practice course”—an externship or clinic—to graduate. Through the Clinical Program in particular, students have a number of opportunities to gain real-world experience and work with actual clients under the supervision of faculty and practitioners. Student-attorneys from the Law School appear and argue on behalf of actual clients in federal and state court proceedings or mediate disputes. They work on both litigation and transactional matters, representing individual clients or entities. There are currently 25 clinics and seven externships available that allow students to work in a broad range of practice areas, including criminal, immigration, employment, community development, real estate, technology, consumer debt, and more. Recent additions to the roster of clinics include the Advocates for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the Veteran’s Rights Clinic.

    “Brooklyn Law School always has valued learning through experience,” says Professor Stacy Caplow, Associate Dean for Professional Legal Education.  “We have grown our program both in-house and through partnerships with organizations, agencies and law firms. In this era where “practice-ready” law graduates are highly sought, Brooklyn provides its students with multiple opportunities to develop professionally, to deal with the complex world of real law practice, and to be exposed to and polish a wide variety of lawyering skills.”

    The top rating also reflects the breadth of the Law School’s externship program, which is one of the largest in the nation. Each year, hundreds of students work in law offices, government agencies, non-profits, and judges’ chambers throughout New York City and across the country.

    Students also have the opportunity participate in the Law School’s popular and successful Moot Court Honor Society. Students in the Trial Advocacy and the Appellate Advocacy Divisions compete in more than 30 competitions across the United States and overseas, strengthening the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to the practice of law. Recently, students have competed internationally in Vienna, Oxford, and The Hague. In addition, students are participating in non-litigation competitions in client counseling, negotiation, arbitration, and transactional drafting.

    Read The National Jurist article here.