« on: May 05, 2008, 06:37:44 PM »
Oh, and before I forget: Wisconsin does have a lot of criminal law based clinics, but there are also a lot of people (myself included) who participate in the civil clinics. There are 5 of them in total: Family Law, Health Law, Consumer Law, Neighborhood Law and the Community Supervison clinic that helps those on probation/parole with civil issues. Right now, that accounts for about 50 second year students.
Many of those who do the criminal clinics aren't interested in criminal law, just in getting experience. Since the clinics are so well-respected, you will find that a clinical experience at Wisconsin really helps your resume.
Before you commit to a school based on clinics, make sure you ask what the criteria are for being admitted to the clinics. Some schools have really competitive clinics, and others don't.
Also, to the poster who commented on the Wisconsin Diploma Privilege: the courses we have to take aren't that different from anyone elses:
2 Con Law Classes
Legal Process (can be legal history, jurisprudence,comparative law)
Trusts and Estates
Legal Writing and Research
There are 60 credits of required courses, and 30 of electives you can take. It's slightly less flexibility than most schools, but many of the classes are those you would take anyway.