Clinical Program


Ave Maria School of Law’s Clinical Program provides students with opportunities in an array of practice areas.

By serving actual clients, students develop skills, learn advanced research and case development strategies, achieve a greater understanding of the relevant substantive law, and gain practical experience serving actual clients.

In addition, students gain a deeper appreciation for the mission of Ave Maria School of Law, which encourages its students and graduates to serve the common good.

Alexandria Swoyer
“The Clinical Program provides an exceptional opportunity for students to work with clients, learn substantive law, craft and implement legal strategies, and serve the common good. Whether advocating for a human trafficking victim, representing an individual seeking asylum, mediating a small claims dispute, helping someone with estate planning, or representing an inventor, students learn from their experience and appreciate the opportunity. It is rewarding that former students often call to tell me about their continued efforts to serve others with their legal skills.“

Elizabeth M. Donovan
Director of Experiential Education and
Associate Clinical Professor of Law