Information for Students
Students will be selected based on their potential to provide high quality legal services to our client population. Faculty will consider a student’s interest in, and commitment to, public interest work or a career in litigation, but such interest is not required. In general, faculty try to select a class that has different backgrounds, experiences and interests, but a common desire to serve clients and gain invaluable, hands-on legal experience in a supportive academic environment.
Participating students should expect to schedule 16 hours per week in the Clinic offices (outside of seminar time) over the course of three workdays. The Clinic is a highly collaborative environment and casework must be completed in the office where files, supervisors and other students are located. Due to the Clinic's rapidly-moving docket, students must also be available to work on cases during evenings and weekends.
In the seminar, students will receive training in professional responsibility, problem-solving, and core lawyering skills, all of which will be contextual in nature and will draw on the substantive law students are learning and the actual cases they are handling. The seminar will also focus on systemic issues related to law, poverty, race, and class. Students will be encouraged to examine the effectiveness of the criminal and civil legal systems in delivering justice for their clients and to explore creative ways that legal knowledge can be deployed to attack the social problems attendant to concentration of poverty, mass incarceration, reentry from prison, and unequal access to justice.
Each semester the clinics hold an Open House where each clinic’s faculty is available to answer questions about their clinic. Students may contact Professor Steinberg at any time to discuss the clinic or to ask specific questions.
For more information, and to apply, please login to the portal. Application materials are posted at least a couple of weeks prior to the start of the registration period for the following semester.