Civil Litigation Clinic
The clinic focuses on teaching students basic litigation skills including, among others, interviewing clients, drafting complaints, conducting discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting motions for summary judgment, and, on occasion, taking appeals, likely in conjunction with one of the law school’s appellate litigation clinics.
The clinic does not focus on a single area of law. Instead, it takes on meaningful public interest cases that are especially good teaching vehicles, including open government cases, cases involving administrative agencies, and consumer protection cases. The clinic’s clients are public interest, civil rights, environmental and other non-profit organizations, as well as individuals in need of legal services. Students joining the clinic will be expected to work for at least 21 hours/week, including attending the two-hour weekly seminar.
Students will be engaged in substantial legal and factual research, drafting pleadings, motions, and substantial briefs, meeting with clients and opposing counsel, and attending court proceedings.
Number of Participants:
6 students per semester
2Ls and 3Ls (at least 30 credits). Preference will be given to 3Ls.
Average Time Commitment:
21 hours per week