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. The course is now open to non-certified 2Ls for a range of 1-3 credit hours. The non-certified legal interns will learn the many substantive aspects of family throughout the seminar and will have opportunities to do research and work on real cases involving clients. The only limitation to what the non-certified legal interns will be able to do is actual representation of clients in court. At the completion of the semester the non-certified legal interns will have learned the operation of the civil family court system, how to research family law issues, draft pleadings, conduct discovery, interview clients and otherwise prepare cases for settlement or litigation. To be eligible as certified legal interns students must have completed one-half (?) of the hours required toward graduation and have completed or be taking the Legal Professions course. Enrollment is limited. Students may enroll for three (3) credit hours per semester, for a maximum of six (6) credit hours for this clinic.