Civil Justice ClinicSLN #: 15983
Course Prefix: LAW-773
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 6
Students enrolled in the Civil Justice Clinic represent clients in civil disputes and administrative proceedings with faculty supervision. The Civil Justice Clinic is primarily handling the following types of civil cases: predatory mortgage lending cases, tenants rights, equity squimming cases, housing appeals and fraudulent rent-to-own housing schemes. In addition, clients may include employees who have suffered discrimination in the workplace, children who have been denied benefits or services, employees involved in wage-recovery actions, persons who have been wrongfully denied unemployment benefits, consumers who have been defrauded in commercial transactions, and individuals facing the prospect of civil litigation. Students are responsible for handling all aspects of civil and administrative practice, including: representing clients in contested administrative hearings; drafting pleadings, motions and appellate briefs; interviewing and counseling clients; conducting discovery in civil litigation; representing clients in hearings, arbitrations, mediations and trials; and occasionally presenting oral argument in Arizona appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit. Most semesters, each student works on a written project, such as a motion, brief, or complaint.
The Civil Justice Clinic is a graded course (6 credits), with grading based on a number of established criteria, including diligence and thoroughness in representing clients, and classroom participation. Students are expected to spend approximately 300 hours in the Clinic during the semester. As a general guideline, students are expected to work 20 hours per week in the clinic.
The Civil Justice Clinic includes a mandatory seminar that focuses on simulation exercises in such matters as: courtroom advocacy, interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, civil discovery, and negotiation. During staffing meetings, potential cases are discussed and either accepted or declined by the firm.
NOTE: Please see the Clinical Program website for more details. www.law.asu.edu/programs/clinic
Credit Hours: 6
Grading Option: Numeric Grade or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes, see description
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Prerequisite: Evidence (or co-requisite)
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes, the last day to withdraw without special permission from the Executive Director of the Clinical Program is 2 weeks prior to the first seminar class.
Limited Enrollment Number: 8
Final Exam Given: no
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Attendance at all classes and staff meetings is required.