The Family Violence Litigation Clinic offers students challenging and rewarding opportunities to argue cases in court on behalf of persons who have been victimized by violence by intimate partners or family members. Students will learn about domestic violence dynamics and the substantive law and procedure of Family Court. Students will be admitted to the limited practice of law under the Student Practice Order of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department. Under direct faculty supervision, students will interview and counsel clients; conduct fact investigation and discovery; draft pleadings, correspondence, motions, stipulations and orders; perform legal research and analysis; regularly appear with clients in court; negotiate cases with opposing counsel as well as the lawyer for the children involved; and conduct full evidentiary trials. Students may also have the opportunity to write or argue an appellate case, conduct administrative hearings, and engage in community outreach.
Pre/Co-Requisite: Domestic Violence Seminar (Must register separately)