Curriculum

Community Legal Clinic

B688 is taught by E. Singleton, C. Weng

The Community Legal Clinic (CLC) is a threecredit, liveclient course open to second and thirdyear students. Students represent lowincome clients in a variety of areas including contested family law matters, disability benefits, and simple wills. A maximum of three students will be chosen to work exclusively on contested family law matters. (Preference will be given to students eligible to serve as certified legal interns.) Students also may partner with local service providers on legal projects.

Students serve as the primary legal representatives, under faculty supervision. As such, they handle client interactions, fact investigation, legal drafting, court proceedings (motions, hearings, and trials), and negotiations. Students are expected to devote 1012 hours per week to their client responsibilities. This time includes a weekly supervision meeting and office hours.

Classes are scheduled three times per week. The classes introduce students to relevant areas of law and procedure and to lawyering skills. We focus in particular on interviewing and problem solving. Class time enables students to practice the skills they need to work with their clients and to bring problems from their client work to the full staff of the clinic for discussion and assistance.

If a student has completed 44 credit hours and has taken or is taking the Legal Profession course, the student may be eligible for certification as a legal intern. Certification is required to appear before state administrative law judges and in court.

Additional requirement: All students who enroll in the CLC must consent to criminal background and sex offender registry checks pursuant to the Indiana University Policy for Programs Involving Children. More information about the policy and use of information obtained through these checks is available at: (link).

Enrollment requires permission of the clinic directors. To apply, please send a statement of interest and a copy of your resume (no GPA or rank please) to Earl Singleton (singlet @indiana.edu) and Carwina Weng (wengc@indiana.edu), two days before the deadline for 3L registration. If you are particularly interested in family law, please so indicate.