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Solo and Law Firm Practice Pathway
Alex SmithAlex Smith, ’15
Law Clerk, Detling & Cole LLC
I met my future employer, Chuck Detling, ’04, at a School of Law alumni event during my first year at UDC. He hired me as a paid intern that summer to work for his Marietta, Georgia small firm. We stayed in touch, and he hired me again after graduation! Read more...

The Solo and Law Firm Practice Pathway is designed as a guided curriculum that will prepare you for a career as a solo or law firm practitioner. A student who seeks to practice solo or work in a law firm will likely serve clients in a broad array of legal areas. Possible areas include corporate and commercial transactions, contracts, criminal law, disability, employment or veterans’ claims, criminal matters, family law and personal injury. In addition to honing your core legal analysis, research and writing skills, you should develop a basic knowledge about business.

Faculty Advisors

Professors Stephanie Brown, Tom Mack, and Laurie Morin



Community Service/Summer Fellowships/Externships

UDC Law has extensive connections with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies in the DC metropolitan region that provide students with the opportunity to spend a semester actually working in their chosen fields. For students who are planning to go into solo or law firm practice, placements at one of the many legal services organizations in the area provide a wealth of experience in housing, family law, public entitlements, wills and estates, criminal law, employment law, consumer law and other areas of general practice. The following are some examples of relevant placements students have obtained with legal services organizations:


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