In a broad range of civil cases — landlord-tenant and civil forfeiture, social security disability, unemployment compensation, employment discrimination, civil rights, and consumer fraud — Civil Practice Clinic student attorneys have achieved highly successful results for their clients.
In a case highlighted in a local bar association publication, Civil Practice Clinic student attorneys successfully won a hard-fought battle for their client — a blind tenant, wrongfully evicted from her subsidized apartment — and successfully enabled her safe return to her rightful home.
In a recent federal civil rights case, Civil Practice Clinic student attorneys successfully conducted a three-week jury trial and prevailed on 1st and 8th amendment claims against defendants.
In case after case, Civil Practice Clinic student attorneys have won impressive court victories and negotiated highly favorable settlements on behalf of victims of race, age, and disability discrimination in the workplace; on behalf of prisoners injured by institutional misconduct; and on behalf of homeowners defending against governmental action seeking the civil forfeiture of their homes.
Civil Practice Clinic:
One-semester course offered both Fall and Spring semesters
# of Credits:
7 credits (may drop one credit in exchange for satisfying 35 hours of student’s pro bono requirement).
Open to JD 3L students and 2nd-semester 2L students.
Interview and counsel clients.
Develop case strategies and theories, conduct fact investigations and manage client expectations.
Engage in discovery and conduct depositions.
Negotiate with opposing parties.
Provide actual representation in court proceedings and administrative hearings.
Hone their communication, organizational and collaboration skills while working in a team with other another clinic student.