The Clinical Law Program
Each year, the UW Clinical Law Program offers diverse practice opportunities to UW law students as they prepare to become Leaders for the Global Common Good. Students work on real cases, transactions or projects for academic credit supervised by experienced faculty members.
Clinic students may advocate for clients in litigation,
advise entrepreneurs and companies, develop policy by
drafting legislation and getting it enacted,
or gathering information and writing reports for legislative bodies, or engage in
community education by teaching high school students about the law.
Currently over 65% of our J.D. students graduate having taken at least one clinic.
Clinic offerings change from year to year, depending on faculty and funding availability. We expect to offer the bolded opportunities at left on a regular basis through at least 2015-2016, and the others listed at least for 2013-2014, except as noted.
UW Law also offers a full range of externship opportunities with non-profit or government agencies.
Clinical Law Program News
Wrongfully imprisoned man awarded nearly $500,000 - Innocence Project Northwest featured
Olebar's exoneration began with his wife approaching the Innocence Project Northwest, which is based at the University of Washington Law School.
Two students from the project pulled together evidence that Olebar was not among the people who broke into the home of his sister's boyfriend and beat him unconscious. The students, Nikki Carsley and Kathleen Kline, tracked down and interviewed three of the assailants, who signed sworn statements admitting their involvement and denying that Olebar was present during the attack.
State Pays Wrongfully-Convicted Seattle Man $500,000 After He Spends 10 Years In Prison - Innocence Project Northwest featured
Olebar is one of the first exonerees to receive a monetary award under a Washington law passed in 2013. The law makes it possible for people wrongfully incarcerated in the state to receive up to $50,000 for each year in prison as well as tuition waivers for themselves and their families to state universities and colleges.
Olebar was able to prove his innocence with the help of the Innocence Project Northwest.
Wrongfully convicted Seattle man paid $497,712 for prison time - Innocence Project Northwest featured
- King 5
Brandon Olebar and his daughter, Creation, both share something in common: Their new lives are just beginning.
Olebar, 31, was released from prison after serving ten years for a burglary and robbery he didn't commit. On Friday, he became the first person to claim a financial award from the state legislature under a new law passed to compensate innocent people sent to prison.
Creation, 30 days old, was born almost exactly nine months after the University of Washington Innocence Project helped set her dad free.
Man exonerated after 10 years in prison will get $500,000 - Innocence Project Northwest featured
- The Seattle Times
The Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), based out of the clinical-law program at the University of Washington Law School, began reviewing Olebar’s case in 2011.
Two UW law students, Nikki Carsley and Kathleen Kline, who graduated last year, developed a body of evidence that showed Olebar was not among the people who in February 2003 broke into the home of his sister’s boyfriend and pistol-whipped and beat the man unconscious.