Hands-On Learning Q&A: Donald Pinckney, Judicial Field Placement

‘An enjoyable and educational experience’ This summer, second-year law student Donald Pinckney is working as a clerk for Judge Rhonda K. Mason at the Johnson County Courthouse. The clerkship is part of the Judicial Field Placement program at the University of Kansas School of Law. Pinckney shared his experience with the Judicial Field Placement for a Q&A. What type of …

Adapting the Judicial Field Placement Program to a virtual format

Since 1963, students at the University of Kansas School of Law have had the opportunity to get firsthand experience of how the law works by serving as interns with federal and state judges. Under the supervision of a judge, law clerk or staff attorney, Judicial Field Placement Program interns perform research, draft documents and observe courtroom proceedings to expand their …

6th Semester in D.C. experience was ‘invaluable’ to professional career

Participating in the 6th Semester in D.C. program turned out to be the best part of law school, and I hadn’t even considered doing it until my 3L year. Going into my final year at Green Hall, I wanted real-world experience in environmental law, but I wasn’t sure exactly how to do that. A short conversation with Professor Jennifer Schmidt …

Medical-Legal Partnership provides legal services to those in need

Since its launch in 2008, the KU Law Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) has provided free legal assistance to thousands of low-income patients at area hospitals while offering hands-on training to law students. Lou Mulligan, Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor and director of the MLP program, said the MLP benefits its host sites, its patient-clients and its student interns. “Our patient-clients lives …

Gaining experience through the Criminal Prosecution Field Placement

During my first year of law school, I was convinced that I wanted to practice family law. One summer as an intern for a Kansas District Judge warned me off that career pathway real quick. Instead, I became fascinated with criminal prosecution. Following my judicial internship and subsequent interest in criminal prosecution, I structured my 2L schedule entirely around the …