Family Law and Benefits Clinic

LegalAid awards 2013Your First Chance to Practice Law

As a law student, the Family Law and Benefits Clinic is one of your first opportunities to put your classroom skills and knowledge into practice with real clients. Once you have completed 45 credit hours in law school — usually coinciding with the second semester of the second year of law school — you are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Clinic.

In the Clinic, you will be assigned real clients to represent. Your work will include conducting interviews, investigating cases, drafting pleadings and documents, building case theories, appearing in court and filing appeals as counsel. All your work will be supervised by an experienced attorney.

The Clinic focuses on providing services in the following areas of law:

  • Family law. You advocate for clients needing a divorce, child custody, child support, visitation and/or protective orders for issues of domestic violence.
  • Children’s issues. You help children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
  • Social Security and SSI disability. You represent clients seeking Social Security disability benefits due to severe physical and/or mental impairments.
  • Simple wills. You draft wills, medical powers of attorney and other documents for clients, usually those who have legal custody of grandchildren.
  • Veteran issues. In addition to the above areas of law, you represent veterans seeking VA benefits and related issues.