Ruth V. McGregor Family Protection Clinic

SLN #: 20710
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 019
Credit Hours: 6
Instructor(s): Dahlstedt

Course Description:
The Family Protection Clinic will represent indigent victims of intimate abuse. The Clinic provides students with an intensive education in the art of trial advocacy, community organizing and victim empowerment. Students will have extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering.

The Clinic is designed to offer students several opportunities to work with victims of intimate abuse in varied settings including contested protection order cases and custody issues. Through their direct client service students will evaluate and critique current laws, policies and services available to victims of intimate abuse. Students will think strategically about how to enhance justice in the system and may partake in project-based work such as proposing new legislation, community programs and victim services.

A two day orientation on the first Tuesday and Thursday of classes and a weekly mandatory seminar will prepare students to appear in court. Students will work individually and in teams of two on cases and projects. Students are fully responsible for all aspects of each case. Students will have regular meetings with faculty to review and discuss litigation strategy. Students are expected to think deeply about the universe of the client’s problems and goals, not just the particular proceeding in front of them. The Clinic aims to teach students to be skilled self-reflective lawyers equipped to litigate in various fields with an understanding and appreciation for justice lawyering and how to effectuate change in the legal system.

The Clinic is graded (6 credits). Students will devote 300 hours, approximately 20 hours a week to work at the Clinic. To allow sufficient time to appear in court, students are asked NOT to schedule classes during regular court business hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 6
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: Yes
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: Evidence
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.
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term Or Other Exam: No
Paper Or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: approval from faculty member required prior to any absence

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