Professional skills training and development courses are offered throughout the learning continuum to effectively prepare students for the practice of law. Students hone essential lawyering skills in simulation courses, such as mediation and interviewing, negotiation and counseling; and litigation courses such as trial practice. Students can meet the professional skills requirement by taking those and other practical courses or by taking a clinic course.
The Legal Clinical Program offers third-year law students an opportunity to serve traditionally underserved clients under the supervision of the faculty, the bench and the bar. The Housing Clinic features outreach initiatives designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosures, prevent loan scams, obtain loan modifications, and obtain information regarding buying a first home. Other services include but are not limited to: Obtaining withheld security deposits; Seeking to avoid utility shutoffs and lockouts; Avoiding termination of public housing; Section 8 Assistance; Wrongful Eviction; and Landlord-Tenant Disputes.
The Homelessness and Legal Advocacy Clinic offers a comprehensive set of legal services focused on assisting and empowering low income individuals in their interaction with the legal system. Interviewing clients at the Coalition for the Homeless and the Women’s Residential Counseling Center, students in the Homelessness and Legal Advocacy Clinic seek to provide assistance in areas such as, Family Law: Divorce; Paternity; Child Support; Custody and Visitation; Consumer Law; Obtaining a credit report; Creditor Harassment; Disputing Incorrect Debts on Credit Report; Applying for Government Benefits; Social Security; Disability; Medicare; Medicaid; and Food Stamps.
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