Law school and reality meet head-on in the Law Clinic. For the first time, students will wrestle as a legal intern with legal and ethical issues involving real people. Students are eligible to enroll in the Law Clinic when they have completed 45 hours in law school - usually coinciding with the second semester of the second year of law school for full-time students
The Law Clinic focuses on the following areas of law: family law, children's issues, and Social Security and SSI disability.
A focus on children's issues allows students to be an advocate on a variety of cases affecting children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. A focus in family law allows students to be an advocate for the needs of people of all ages in domestic violence cases and people needing a divorce. A focus on Social Security and SSI law allows students to help clients who need disability benefits due to severe physical and/or mental impairments.
In all cases, students conduct interviews, investigate cases, draft pleadings and documents, build case theories, and appear in court, and file appeals as counsel under experienced attorney supervision.