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Law School’s Civil Practice Clinic lets students ‘take the lead’
Students who participate in the Civil Practice Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School quickly discover that attorneys have the power to change their clients’ lives for the better in immediate, tangible ways.Read More
The Lawyer-Advocate in Litigation
Penn Law’s Civil Practice Clinic puts students in the driver’s seat of challenging civil litigation.
Students enrolled in the Civil Practice Clinic (CPC) course join our teaching law firm, the Penn Legal Assistance Office.
Students are assigned to individual faculty supervisors who possess substantial litigation experience and provide one-on-one case supervision, mentoring, and constructive feedback regarding student progress on a weekly basis.
In addition, students attend a twice-weekly classroom seminar that utilizes readings, film, exercises, and videotaped simulations with real actors to explore lawyering theory that is designed to strengthen students’ overall advocacy skills.
While preparing for their professional careers, students also perform a vital public service to the community by providing access to justice for individuals who need, but cannot afford, legal representation.
During the pandemic, Civil Practice Clinic students represented clients both in-person and virtually, and helped them to overcome technological barriers.
Students preserved housing stability for low-income tenants by defeating eviction actions in Municipal Court and the Fair Housing Commission, avoided costly judgments against clients in successful consumer debt litigation, and secured legal title to homes in quiet title litigation for senior citizens and veterans.
The Civil Practice Clinic helped clients to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in rental assistance, stimulus benefits, and tangled title funds, as well as to collect on judgments for unpaid wages and consumer violations.
This past year, the Civil Practice Clinic also received a favorable outcome for a low-income client with disabling conditions in a longstanding effort to prove eligibility for SSI benefits. Students appealed the client’s case multiple times, including to federal district court. In 2020, the case was remanded for a new hearing before an Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Administration (SSA). In Spring 2021, Civil Practice Clinic students received a favorable decision awarding the client retroactive life-sustaining benefits.
The entrance to our office is close to the corner of 34th and Sansom Street on Sansom, located directly across from Baby Blues BBQ and Penn Book Center (purple awning). Go down the five steps and ring the doorbell.
Please do not go to any other entrances of the Law School.
Civil Practice Clinic
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Penn Legal Assistance Office
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104