|University of Wisconsin Madison Law School gets A-plus|
in practical training from The National Jurist magazine.
UW-Madison Law School's acclaimed law-in-action approach includes the UW-Madison Innocence Project, which besides giving law students real-life legal experience, has " successfully freed twenty wrongfully convicted individuals"
Helping to free a wrongfully convicted victim is not a bad way to begin professional service as an attorney.
"The hallmark of University of Wisconsin Law School is its 'law-in-action' approach to teaching, in which students learn not only legal rules, but also why those rules evolved to address social concerns, and how those rules operate in the real world. That's what makes Wisconsin a different kind of law school," reads UW's Law School's webpage.
The law-in-action commitment is also the Wisconsin Idea in action, as noted on the law school's Dean, Margaret Raymond's page.
This tradition will endure a hostile Repulbican governor and Repulbican legislature.
Noted Raymond in 2102: "We recognize that this is a tough time to enter the field of law. We are constantly adapting and exploring new ways to give our students experiences, skills and opportunities that will help launch their careers. This is not new at the University of Wisconsin, where we have a long history of graduating practice-ready lawyers. Students get real-world experience in our clinical and experiential learning programs, which are among the best in the country, both in terms of the breadth of opportunity they offer and in the number of students who take advantage of them. Over 80 percent of our students participate in a clinical or externship opportunity in their time here. UW Law students add these rich experiences to a foundation of academic rigor. They graduate well prepared for twenty-first century practice," (Mal Contends).