Domestic Violence Clinic
2017-2018 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 752 - Domestic Violence Clinic

Credits: 6

This course will train students to assume the role of lawyer and introduce them to domestic violence law.  Through classroom discussion, simulations, assigned readings, and fieldwork, the course will cover central concepts of laws governing emergency orders of protection and affirmative domestic violence-related immigration remedies, such as U Visas, VAWA Self-Petitions, and Battered Spouse Waivers, and give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge by representing clients seeking these forms of relief.  Students will have an opportunity to develop legal skills, including: interviewing and counseling clients, fact investigation, legal research, writing, and analysis, case strategy, negotiations, and courtroom advocacy, as well as professional and life skills related to legal practice. The course also will give students an opportunity to consider the broader context of their individual cases through class discussion and community-based projects, which may include know-your-rights presentations, limited advice and assistance clinics, and policy research. 

Corequisites: Problems in Professional Responsibility

Prerequisites: Evidence and Professional Responsibility or Problems in Professional Responsibility (can be completed as a co-requisite); in addition, students must be in their third year and must be eligible for certification under the Student Practice Rule (Rule 401).

Students who wish to work exclusively on immigration matters and community-based projects may receive instructor permission to enroll without completing Evidence.

Note: This course satisfies the professional skills course graduation requirement.

For first year students entering Fall 2016, this course satisfies the experiential course graduation requirement.

Basis of Grade: Students will be graded on their performance on casework and participation in class discussions and exercises.

Form of Grade: Letter Grade

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