Civil Litigation Clinic

SLN #: 45164
Course Prefix: LAW-773
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 1-6
Instructor(s): Barnes

Course Description:
Second and third year student-attorneys enrolled in the Civil Litigation Clinic are certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to practice law and represent real clients who do not have adequate resources to hire an attorney. Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of civil and administrative practice including: interviewing and counseling clients; conducting discovery in civil litigation; representing clients in contested administrative hearings; drafting pleadings, motions and occasionally appellate briefs; representing clients in settlement conferences, arbitrations, and sometimes trials; and infrequently presenting oral argument in Arizona appellate courts and at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Most semesters, each student participates in one contested hearing; acts as a fact investigator in preparation for a contested hearing or trial; and works on a written project such as a motion, brief, complaint, or disclosure statement.

Student-attorneys enrolled in the Civil Litigation Clinic represent clients in civil disputes and administrative proceedings under close faculty supervision. Cases may include:

• Consumer Fraud
• Employment Discrimination & Wage Claims
• Tenant’s Rights
• Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The Civil Litigation Clinic also includes an advanced seminar that focuses on simulation exercises in such matters as: advanced interviewing techniques, fact investigation, case theory development, client counseling, civil discovery, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and courtroom advocacy. It is a graded course, with grading based on diligence, effectiveness and responsibility in representing clients, and on classroom participation.

Evidence and Professional Responsibility are prerequisite or co-requisite courses.

NOTE: Please see the Clinical Program website for more details. law.asu.edu/experiences/clinics/civil-litigation

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 1-6
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: Yes
Prerequisite: Evidence and Professional Responsibility are prerequisite or co-requisite courses
Special Withdrawal Course: Yes. Yes, last day to withdraw without special permission from the Director of the Clinical Programs is two weeks prior to the first seminar class.
Limited Enrollment Number: 8
Final Exam Given: No
Participation Points: Per Syllabus
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Attendance at all seminars and staff meetings required

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