Ruth V. McGregor Family Protection Clinic

SLN #: 17871
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 019
Credit Hours: 6
Instructor(s): Buel

Course Description:
The McGregor Family Protection Clinic combines classroom and experiential learning to teach students holistic legal advocacy. Students fully represent indigent abuse survivors based on intensive instruction in client counseling, evidence, cultural competence, and legal ethics in the context of relevant civil, family, human-rights, and criminal law. The Clinic affords students opportunities to work with abuse victims in varied settings on matters involving orders of protection, custody, divorce, setting aside of judgments, housing, employment, immigration, Indian Law, safety planning, and economic empowerment. Through their direct client advocacy students evaluate and critique current laws, policies and services available to abuse victims.

There will be a two-day orientation before classes start and a weekly, mandatory seminar to discuss overarching themes of social justice lawyering and prepare students to appear in court. Students are fully responsible for all aspects of each case and will have regular meetings with faculty and staff to review case work and discuss litigation strategies. Students are expected to think deeply about the universe of the client’s problems and goals, not just the particular proceeding at hand. The Clinic aims to teach students to be skilled, self-reflective lawyers equipped to litigate and counsel 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). Because students will devote 300 hours, approximately 20 hours a week to work at the Clinic, you are not permitted to take another clinic at the same time and should plan to limit outside employment. For more information, and to apply for the clinic go to

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
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.