Course Description


6 credits in Fall/Spring

4 credits in Summer

Mallgrave, Overton

LE= 8

Prerequisites: Completion of 56 course credits and Evidence and Professional Responsibility or permission of instructor.

Exclusions: No cross-registration with Externship without permission of instructor.

Special Note: Course meets in a two-hour block twice a week. Students must be available at times other than the scheduled class hours to accommodate court appearances and to meet with clients, classmates, and the instructors. Meetings may be arranged at the student's convenience, but some scheduling flexibility is required.

The Civil Practice Clinic involves both client representation and a seminar component. Students provide representation in civil cases under the supervision of an attorney. Working with a student partner, all steps necessary to representation are undertaken, including interviewing clients, making strategic decisions, drafting documents and briefs, conducting negotiations and making all court appearances. Focuses on skills necessary for client representation, ethical issues, and the roles of attorney and counselor. Students will be assigned to cases in a variety of practice areas including consumer law, Social Security disability, public benefits cases, landlord-tenant eviction actions, family law and will drafting. Students engage in both affirmative and defensive litigation, and provide preventive legal planning and client advice