Rising for Justice

A joint project of Washington, DC, law schools, Rising for Justice allows students to gain practical experience while providing legal representation, assistance, and counseling to low-income clients in the District of Columbia.

Rising for Justice is a clinical program in pre-trial and trial litigation that offers students the opportunity to develop skills as litigators while representing persons in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Students who participate in the civil clinic represent tenants in landlord-tenant actions, but also may handle some consumer cases, negligence cases, and other civil matters. Students who participate in the criminal clinic represent persons charged with misdemeanor offenses, but also may handle some juvenile cases. Under the supervision of clinical instructors, students are responsible for all aspects of litigation: interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting investigations, preparing pleadings, engaging in settlement negotiations, engaging in plea bargaining, and conducting all motions hearings and trials pursuant to the Superior Court’s student practice rule. Weekly clinic classes are held in the evening. 

For more information, please visit the Rising for Justice website.

Rising for Justice
901 4th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20001 
202.638.4798

For more information, please login to the Portal. A complete set of application instructions are posted at least a few weeks prior to the registration period for the following semester.