Civil Justice Clinic

SLN #: 26423
Course Prefix: LAW-773
Course Section: 002
Credit Hours: 6
Instructor(s): Karin

Course Description:
This Civil Justice Clinic provides students with the opportunity to provide quality representation to individuals who need pro bono representation and non-profit clients who need legislative lawyering services. The Clinic also includes a seminar component that focuses on relevant substantive law and training/simulations on relevant lawyering skills.

In the Clinic, students represent Claimants wrongfully denied unemployment insurance and work on civil disputes, administrative proceedings, legislative lawyering, and public education matters in the substantive areas of law in the Unit for which they are enrolled. Students enrolled in the Homeowner Advocacy Unit primarily represent homeowners who are facing wrongful foreclosure or who are victims of mortgage fraud. Students in the Work-Life Policy Unit work on matters involving flexible work arrangements, time off, career reentry, and related issues for local military families.

With faculty supervision, students are responsible for all aspects of representing Clinic clients, including: case selection; interviewing and counseling clients; fact investigation; theory and advocacy strategy development; analyzing options for changing employment and advocating for policy changes to address foreclosure crisis; drafting demand letters, pleadings, motions, appellate briefs, settlements, and policy documents such as white papers, amicus briefs, analysis of pending legislation, comments to administrative agencies, or testimony; and representing clients in negotiations with other parties, administrative hearings, civil litigation or at oral arguments in appellate court. Potential matters are usually discussed and accepted or declined during class meetings on Friday mornings.

The Clinic is a graded 6 credit course. Students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week and at least 300 hours total in the Clinic during the semester. For more information about the course and program, see the Clinic’s webpage at:

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 6
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: Students must have taken or concurrently be enrolled in Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Law and Civil Procedure
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes. Because of administrative considerations and professional obligations to courts and clients, no student pre-registered for a clinical offering shall be allowed to drop the clinic later than one month preceding the first day of classes, or to add the clinic, unless approval is obtained from the Director of the Clinical Program.
Limited Enrollment Number: 4
Final Exam Given: No
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.