Curricular and Co-curricular Opportunities

Curricular and Co-curricular Opportunities

Bluhm Legal Clinic

Housing more than 20 clinics within 14 centers, the Bluhm Legal Clinic is widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive and effective clinical programs in the country. The clinic serves a wide range of clients, including teenagers tangled in an unjust juvenile legal system, prisoners who were wrongfully convicted, and entrepreneurs in need of affordable legal advice. As students gain unparalleled real-world experience, they also can dramatically improve the lives of those they serve.

Center for Externships

The Center for Externships in the Bluhm Legal Clinic offers a practicum program that integrates theoretical coursework taught by faculty members with an expertise in a particular field of law with hands-on learning provided by fieldwork. The Law School’s location in Chicago offers students opportunities in federal and state judicial chambers; state, local and federal agencies, and a wide range of nonprofit organizations.

Concentration in Law and Social Policy

The Concentration in Law and Social Policy gives students the opportunity to explore law through the lens of the social sciences, assessing the power that law has in consciously shaping society. This concentration offers two tracks — the policy analysis track and the public interest track. Students within the concentration work closely with a faculty member to complete a substantial research and writing project. 

Intensive Semester Practicum

Students may work full time for an entire semester with attorneys at a government or nonprofit agency anywhere in the United States in an Intensive Semester Practicum. In addition, they participate in person or remotely in an accompanying course with a supervising faculty member, using a syllabus designed for their individual placement. Students gain practice in a range of lawyering skills including drafting litigation documents, policy memos, and legislation; appearing in court; negotiating agreements; and working directly with clients.


Students at Northwestern Law publish six journals covering a wide range of subjects. The journals publish the works of the leading researchers in the United States and throughout the world. Public interest-focused journals include the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, the Journal of Human Rights, and the Journal of Law and Social Policy

Student Organizations

Student organizations, including the Public Interest Law Group, the Student Funded Public Interest Fellowships Program, and the Student Effort to Rejuvenate Volunteering, sponsor events and programs throughout the year. Through these groups, along with more than a dozen others, students participate in an active and civically engaged Law School community.