The classroom component for client advocacy placements combines both civil and criminal practice and addresses common issues of indigent client representation.
Civil - Public InterestThe Public Interest and Advocacy Placements offer students the opportunity to learn about lawyering while contributing to the betterment of the lives of people who sometimes have no voice in the legal system: those at the bottom of the economic scale, the victims of domestic violence, tenants, public assistance recipients, the disabled, the mentally ill, the elderly, the homeless and children suffering abuse and neglect. Depending on the particular office, selected students may work directly with clients; complete traditional research and writing assignments; participate in field investigations; prepare witnesses and attend and/or participate in court hearings and/or engage in policy discussions and advocacy. All responsibilities are performed under the supervision of an experienced attorney in the designated office. Students will also participate in a classroom session focusing on substantive poverty law areas as well as the legal, political and ethical issues surrounding legal services and public interest advocacy.