The CIVIL PRACTICE CLINIC will enroll 2L and 3L students in the Spring 2022 semester. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:50 pm. All students will be certified by state and federal courts to provide representation to indigent clients in a broad range of civil matters, with special emphasis on meeting legal needs arising from or exacerbated by the pandemic.
In past semesters, students have been very successful in preserving housing stability for low-income tenants by defeating court eviction actions, avoiding costly judgments in consumer debt litigation, securing unpaid wages for low-income workers, obtaining legal title to homes in quiet title litigation for senior citizens and veterans, and securing critical disability and public benefits awards in administrative hearings.
In the spring, case work and seminars are expected to be largely in person, barring unforeseen circumstances. For more information, please review the CPC website at https://www.law.upenn.edu/clinic/civil/.
The CRIMINAL DEFENSE CLINIC will operate in person in the spring with up to 8 3L and/or 2L students.
The CDC is comprised of a weekly seminar, court preparation, and court hearings. Additionally, there may be assignments to assist Defenders with ongoing cases, as well as a final project.
Court will take place on Tuesday mornings from 7:45 am to about noon for felony preliminary hearings. Misdemeanor trials will begin around 9:45 am and continue till about 2 pm. Students will be expected to attend hearings in person. If hearings are conducted virtually, students may participate virtually depending on the hearing type. The course seminar will take place Thursdays from 10 am to 1pm and may take place at the Defender Association or in the Law School.
Additionally, students will be expected to conduct several client interviews which may be done in person at the office. Students will be expected to prepare for court hearings and meet with the instructor, individually, prior to each court date. Student should have previously taken or be co-enrolled in Evidence and Criminal Procedure. Please reach out to Professor Tess Senderowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DETKIN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY LEGAL CLINIC will operate at full capacity during the spring semester with 8 students (7 JDs and 1 LLM).
It is open to all 2Ls and 3Ls with an interest in science, technology, or the arts. Students must submit an application by November 5 at https://tinyurl.com/3hnywkmd and will receive a reply by November 8. Scientific or technical expertise is not required, although some IP coursework is assumed (please see course description and the DIPTC website for more specific information).
The DIPTC will meet in person on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:50 pm. If you have further questions, please email Professor Dahl at email@example.com.
The ENTREPRENEURSHIP LEGAL CLINIC will enroll up to 12 students in the spring semester. It is open to any 2L or 3L students through regular registration and LLMs are invited to apply.
The ELC will take place in person with class held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:50 pm. Supervision sessions will also be conducted at regularly scheduled times each week as agreed to by students and faculty at the beginning of the semester. Client interactions will be both in person and via telephone or video conference. If you have any further questions, please email Professor Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The INTERDISCIPLINARY CHILD ADVOCACY CLINIC pairs law students with graduate-level social work students on interdisciplinary client-centered legal teams directly representing adolescents, children and families, and working on reform policy projects in family-serving systems. The clinic seminar classes focus on fundamental lawyering skills including interviewing, counseling, fact investigation, legal writing and court-based advocacy through a client-centered, interdisciplinary and trauma-informed lens. Students directly represent youth and families in a variety of civil legal matters and appear in Family Court hearings to litigate dependency and custody matters.
The seminar will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:50 pm, and students will meet once a week for casework team meetings with their faculty supervisor. Please reach out to Professor Finck at email@example.com with any questions.
The LEGISLATIVE CLINIC will be operating at full capacity in the spring semester and will be open to 2L and 3L students who are interested in legislation and public policy. The classroom component of the Clinic meets in person on Mondays from 4:30 until 6:30pm. In addition, each student will be required to secure an approved legislative placement of your choosing that meets the goals of the Clinic. The legislative placement can be in Congress or with a state or local legislature, an executive branch agency that is engaged in legislative or public policy work, or a non-profit advocacy organization pursuing legislative change. You must spend a minimum of two days per week at your legislative placement. The Legislative Clinic is for 7 credits and there is no final examination, although there are written legislative drafting assignments and student presentation requirements during the semester. To learn more about the Legislative Clinic and see tips from prior clinic students on finding a legislative placement, visit the clinic’s website at Legislative Clinic • Penn Law (upenn.edu). If you have any questions, please contact Professor Rulli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TRANSNATIONAL LEGAL CLINIC will operate at full capacity in the spring semester, and is open to 2L and 3L students and up to 2 LLMs. (LLMs must apply before registering for the clinic.)
The seminar will meet in person on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:50 pm. Additional sessions, including an orientation session, simulations, and informal gatherings, may be scheduled at various times throughout the semester based on student availability. Supervision sessions will be primarily in person.
Visiting Professor Liz Bradley is serving as Acting Director of the Transnational Legal Clinic while Professor Paoletti is on sabbatical this academic year. Professor Bradley comes from the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, where she served in multiple capacities providing holistic legal services to immigrants and asylum seekers at the southern border. She also brings experience providing legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers in Lesovos, Greece. Please contact Professor Bradley at email@example.com with any questions.