Curriculum

Community Legal Clinic

B688 is taught by E. Singleton

The Community Legal Clinic functions as a law firm comprised of second and third year law students who provide legal representation to clients while acting under the supervision of a licensed supervising attorney. The objective of the course is to allow students to gain practical experience while using the excellent intellectual and analytical skills gained elsewhere in the law school.

The course has two components: 1) a classroom seminar and 2) the actual representation of clients. Clinic clients are local residents with family law problems involving dissolutions of marriage, child custody, child support, parenting time, paternity, guardianship, adoption and abuse and neglect. Most, if not all, Clinic clients have limited incomes and may not be able to afford private counsel. Clinic students have primary responsibility for assigned cases and may be expected to perform some or all of the following tasks: client interviewing, drafting legal documents, engaging in discovery (including taking formal depositions), negotiating, motion practice and trials. Students have weekly office hours and supervision sessions with their supervising attorney to discuss progress in their cases.

The seminar component consists of a weekly class meeting during which the students are introduced to the relevant substantive and procedural areas of the law. There will now be two levels of participation in the Clinic. Those students who have completed one-half (?) of the hours required toward graduation and have completed the Legal Professions course may become certified legal interns and represent clients under the supervision of the professor. Those who have not completed on-half (1/2) of the hours required toward graduation may enroll in the Clinic and participate in the classroom seminar, work with clients but not represent them in court until becoming eligible for certification. Enrollment is limited. Certified 2L#s and 3L#s may enroll for three (3) credit hours per semester and non-certified 2L#s may enroll for 1-3 credit hours. Both certified and non-certified interns may take a maximum of six (6) credit hours for this clinic.