This offering is designed as a course in the basic lawyering skills, with the litigation process as its focus. The course has three components: a practice component, a simulation component, and a classroom component.
In the practice component, students represent clients in hearings and appeals involving unemployment benefits. All cases are referred by the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. Students assigned to represent each client complete the following legal tasks under the supervision of the Clinical Professor: client interviewing; fact investigation; legal research; case planning; preparation of pleadings and all other court papers; witness preparation; and client representation in administrative proceedings and state court.
In the simulation component, each student participates in a semester-long simulation representing a client and performing the basic legal tasks required in the practice component.
In the classroom component, the legal tasks performed in the simulation and practice components are the subject of lecture and discussion. This progressively challenging approach involves classroom lecture and discussion, simulation, and actual casework, offering law students an ideal introduction to the performance of lawyering tasks.
Students are admitted to the limited practice of law under the Student Practice Rule.
DIRECTOR: Professor C. Benji Louis
Bar courses applied: Evidence, Professional Responsibility