Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAWS 916 Legal Services Clinic



Course Description

Selected students work in the office of Community Legal Aid (CLA), a local non-profit organization charged with providing free civil legal services to low-income and elderly persons. Under the supervision of CLA attorneys, students assume primary professional responsibility for actual cases, including client interviews, counseling, case development, negotiation, and representation of clients in court and administrative proceedings. Students are expected to commit 16 hours per week to the fieldwork at CLA. Students enrolled in LAWS 916 must also concurrently enroll in LAWS 917, a one-credit seminar, with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: Successful completion of LAWS 910 Legal Service Skills Seminar and LAW 553 Evidence. Evidence may be taken concurrently with the Clinic. A student is required to be SJC Rule 3:03 eligible. The clinic is open to students who have successfully completed 28 hours of law studies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course satisfies 4 experiential learning credits.)