Clinical Programs

All clinics have the seminar component The Lawyering Process (LAW-756 and LAW-757), which students must register for separately and which will be reported separately on their transcripts. Applications for enrollment in all clinical programs are due at the approximate time of preregistration during the preceding spring semester. Further information about the enrollment process is distributed to all students each spring.

LAW-751 D.C. Civil Litigation Clinic (6 hrs. per year) Third-year students, in a closely supervised setting, represent indigents in the Landlord-Tenant and Small-Claims Division of the D.C. Superior Court as part of the D.C. Law Students in Court Program. A seminar dealing with civil practice is an integral part of this course. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW-633). Corequisite(s): Corequisite: The Lawyering Process (LAW-757). B. Miller, Hay (Fall, Spring)

LAW-752 Civil Practice Clinic (3-4 hrs.) Students in this one-semester clinic represent low-income residents of the District of Columbia and Maryland who have a wide range of civil legal problems. Legal issues vary but usually include family law, health law, consumer law, housing law, public benefits, and special education, among other civil law issues. Students represent clients in teams under the direction of clinical faculty and meet frequently in case supervision sessions. This clinic is open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. Corequisite(s): Corequisite: The Lawyering Process (LAW-756). Chavkin, Milstein, Bunker, Ugelow, Smearman, Taylor (Fall, Spring)

LAW-753 Women and the Law Clinic (8 hrs. per year) Students represent indigent women in the District of Columbia. Two or three kinds of cases are chosen for concentration, but students may decide to represent clients in any related matters. Students have full responsibility for their cases, while working under the supervision of the faculty. The program focuses upon learning the essentials of being a lawyer and examining the effect of the legal system on women as they confront such major aspects of their lives as their economic situation, personal safety, and relations with their children. Through this clinic, additional students may participate in a special bridge program in domestic violence (domestic violence clinic) that seeks to bridge the gap between the criminal justice and family law systems. Students will spend one semester prosecuting domestic violence cases criminally in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and one semester representing, under clinical faculty supervision, women seeking protection order and other relief in the D.C. family law system. Participation in a weekly seminar is required. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW-633). Corequisite(s): Corequisites: Legal Ethics (LAW-550) and The Lawyering Process (LAW-756). Shalleck, Lockie, Stoever, Weinroth (Fall, Spring)

LAW-755 International Human Rights Clinic (8 hrs. per year) Students in the clinic handle asylum and human rights cases. Human rights cases focus on both international bodies and the application of international human rights law in U.S. courts. Students represent individuals and groups who assert violations of a wide range of basic human rights. Cases will be prepared, filed, and argued by students before tribunals. Students will also be involved in reporting, lobbying, press relations, and other aspects of human rights law. Students will represent re fugees seeking political asylum in the United States, both in trial and appellate pro ceedings. In both human rights and asylum cases, students will develop a sound case theory, investigate facts, prepare witnesses, and present evidence in hear ings or trials. The clinic will focus particular attention on the issues of repre sen tation of clients in a cross-cultural context. A knowledge of a foreign language is extremely useful for the clinic but is not required. Corequisite(s): Corequisites: The Lawyering Process (LAW-756), Evidence (LAW-633), and an international law or human rights course or Asylum and Refugee Law (LAW-656). Wilson, Tabak, Balauarte (Fall, Spring)

LAW-756 The Lawyering Process (3 hrs.) The seminar component of the Women and the Law, Criminal Justice, Community and Economic Development, Civil Practice, Disability Rights, Intellectual Property, International Human Rights, and Tax Clinics. (Fall, Spring)

LAW-757 The Lawyering Process (2 hrs.) The seminar component of the D.C. Civil Litigation (Law Students in Court) Clinic. (Fall, Spring)

LAW-758 Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic (8 hrs. per year) Prepares participants to be effective practitioners through direct experience with cases drawn from the full range of intellectual property specialties, including copyright, patent, and trademark. Students learn essential lawyering skills and acquire a critical understanding of the values and value conflicts that shape the development of intellectual property law and policy. Students gain experience in client counseling, transactional lawyering, and litigation, as well as administrative and legislative advocacy, as they represent individual creators and consumers, small businesses and communities of rights holders, and not-for-profit institutions and associations. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisites or corequisites: Evidence and one intellectual property course. Jaszi, Farley, Phillips, Sarnoff (Fall, Spring)

LAW-761 Criminal Justice Clinic (6 hrs. per year) Third-year students spend one semester prosecuting and one semester defending criminal cases in various local courts. Defense students, under the close supervision of faculty members, represent indigent clients, taking full responsibility for the conduct of the defense. Prosecution students work with prosecutors in conducting the trial of criminal cases on behalf of the state. A seminar involving an exploration of the lawyering process, including professional responsibility, client interviewing, strategic decision making, negotiation, client counseling, and trial skills, is an integral part of this program. Students also meet regularly with the instructors. Most students participate for two semesters to obtain exposure to both defense and prosecution procedures; a few students participate for one semester as prosecutors. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Evidence (LAW-633). Corequisite(s): Corequisites: Legal Ethics (LAW-550), The Lawyering Process (LAW-756), and Criminal Procedure I (LAW-508). B. Miller, Severt, Camet (Fall, Spring)

LAW-762 Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic (3 hrs. per semester) This clinical program provides students with experience in federal tax practice before the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court. Students interview and counsel taxpayer-clients, provide assistance in framing legal issues and in preparing appeals before the Internal Revenue Service, and represent taxpayers in the IRS appeals conference or in subsequent tax litigation. Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Federal Personal Income Tax (LAW-647). Corequisite(s): Corequisite: The Lawyering Process (LAW-757). Abramowitz, Westbrook (Fall, Spring)

LAW-764 Disability Rights Law Clinic (8 hrs. per year) Students in this two-semester clinic represent people with mental and physical disabilities in a variety of contexts - special education, guardianship, access to public accommodations, and international human rights settings, among others. The clinic focuses especially on the interaction between people with disabilities and the various systems that affect their lives. Students work in teams of two under the supervision of a faculty member and are responsible for all aspects of the client's case. The clinic is open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. Corequisite(s): Corequisite: The Lawyering Process (LAW-756). Dinerstein (Fall, Spring)

LAW-768 Community and Economic Development Law Clinic (8 hrs. per year) This program provides students with closely supervised lawyering experiences in a public interest law firm under the direction of members of the faculty. The teaching law firm concentrates on representing underrepresented clients through a variety of advocacy strategies: group and individual representation, litigation, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and public education. Currently, the clinic focuses on representing groups involved in tenant ownership and management in public and private housing, in community economic development, and in systemic advocacy. Individual meetings with the instructors, as well as a regularly scheduled two-hour seminar, are conducted each week. Unscheduled meetings may be called as required to conduct the work of the firm. Students are eligible for this program in either their second or third year. Corequisite(s): Corequisite: The Lawyering Process (LAW-756). Bennett, B. Smith (Fall, Spring)