Community Legal Access Clinic

Supporting Community Justice Warriors

Students enrolled in the Community Legal Access Clinic will help develop community legal education materials and provide limited legal assistance to self-represented litigants by working with partner organizations and private lawyers. ​You will develop workshops and community presentations based on their interests and local legal needs.

In addition to learning about self-represented litigants and various legal service delivery methods, ​you will learn fact-gathering, interviewing, teamwork, and presentation skills.

Since this clinic is designed for students with limited time schedules, the classroom component of the course will meet five times in the fall semester for six hours each time. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Priority for enrollment will be given to part-time and evening students but all are welcomed to apply. This course meets the experiential and oral skills requirement.

Course Information

The Community Legal Access Clinic offers free limited legal assistance to self-represented litigants and offers legal education workshops to community associations in a variety of law, including small claims, landlord tenant, and consumer law. Students will develop workshops and community presentations based on their interests and local legal needs. In addition to learning about self-represented litigants and various legal service delivery methods, students will learn fact-gathering, interviewing, teamwork, and presentation skills.

​Since this clinic is designed for students with limited time schedules, the classroom component of the course will meet five times in the 2017 fall semester on the following Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:

  • August 19
  • August 26
  • September 9
  • October ​21
  • and November 18.
Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. In addition to attending and preparing for classes, students must devote 45 hours of clinic work throughout the semester. Clinic work may be scheduled on weekend and evening periods to accommodate student schedules and community preferences. Students who apply for this clinic will be asked to interview with Dean Herrera before admission to determine availability to complete the hours. Priority for enrollment will be given to part-time and evening students but all are welcome to apply.

Pre-requisites/Co-requisites:
• Professional Responsibility -- completed, or concurrently enrolled. Students who have not completed Professional Responsibility will be automatically enrolled in a section when admitted to a clinic.

Recommended Courses:
None

Eligibility to Enroll:
• Completed first year of law school
• Must be in good academic standing
• No Honor Code violations

Credit/Experiential Hours:
​Two (2) hours credit in the Fall
Counts towards oral skills requirement

Terms available:
Fall

Evaluation:
Pass/Fail

Dropping Clinics:
Given the unique nature of clinics and the ethical obligations that arise for our attorneys when they expose students to actual client cases, students will not be allowed to drop a clinic after the first week of classes.

Faculty:
Professor Luz Herrera

Considerations

Since clinics operate differently than doctrinal, writing, and other simulation courses, students must keep in mind the following before enrolling:

  • All clinical courses meet in the Clinical Program Office located in the Star-Telegram Building at 307 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas. It is a 0.6 mile walk from the Law School building to the clinical space.

  • All 3 and 4 unit clinic courses require that students spend a minimum of 6-8 hours per week at the clinical space.

  • Per our Academic Standards, students are expected to submit logs of their time to their supervising attorneys to receive credit. Your instructor will provide you with direction of how to keep track of your time.

  • In order to provide all of our students with a clinical opportunity, you cannot enroll in more than one clinic in any one semester.

  • You may not enroll in an externship and a clinic in the same semester unless authorized by the Associate Dean for Experiential Education.

  • If you plan to be employed by a law firm, government agency, or other unit engaged in providing legal services during the semester, you must disclose the employer’s information so the clinical program can determine if there are any conflicts that prevent the student from enrolling in the clinic.

  • Once a student is admitted to a clinic, the student must commit to attend a mandatory clinic orientation the first Friday of the semester from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Unless a special accommodation is necessary, free student parking is not available in the clinic space. The cost to valet in the Star-Telegram Building is $10. There is additional parking in the area that ranges from $6 to $10. Street metered parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Student Application

The Community Legal Access Clinic student application is available online. Students must upload a current resume as a pdf with their application. Applications received by the enrollment deadline are considered first; additional applicants may be added on a rolling basis for later applications. Students who apply for this clinic will be asked to interview with Dean Herrera before admission to determine availability to complete the hours.

Once a student is admitted to a clinic, the student must commit to attend a mandatory clinic orientation the first Friday of the semester from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Conflicts:
Clinics operate as law firms. Conflicts may arise if students enroll in a clinic and also work in a law firm or government agency in the first semester. If you plan to intern, extern, or otherwise, work during the semester you are in clinic, you will need to discuss with Dean Herrera. On the application you will be asked to indicate if you plan to intern, extern, or work elsewhere during the semester(s) you are applying for.