The Civil Advocacy Clinic is a one semester, 4 credit hour course in which student interns provide direct legal representation, under the supervision of clinical faculty, to clients within the community who cannot afford to hire private legal counsel. The Civil Advocacy Clinic combines a structured classroom curriculum with individualized instruction and collaborative learning opportunities to prepare interns to competently represent their clients, grapple with complex ethical issues, critically examine the law and the legal profession, and advance the social justice mission of the law school.
Current practice opportunities in the Civil Advocacy Clinic include civil rights, housing, immigration and asylum, family law, social security disability, real estate, contracts, tort defense, elder law, nonprofit community work, and sexual orientation law.
Student interns are responsible for all aspects of their clients' cases, including interviewing, counseling, research, discovery, negotiation, pleading and motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, court appearances, trial preparation and practice, and appeals.
The Safe School Project was initiated in 2007 to address the problem of bullying in middle and secondary schools. Since then, students and clinical faculty have sponsored seminars, published scholarly articles, presented at conferences around the country, created an anti-bullying training curriculum for educators, conducted dozens of trainings in Ohio and Michigan, developed a model anti-bullying policy for schools to adopt, consulted with local schools and districts and represented local children who have been impacted by bullying.
The Prisoner Reentry Project is a community-based effort to ease the transition from incarceration to freedom, thereby reducing the rates of recidivism. The Project teams up with local legal services agencies, social service groups, private organizations and public agencies to identify and eliminate barriers to successful reentry into society. Clinic students and faculty make monthly visits to a local prison to work with individual inmates who will soon be released. The Project also works on collaborative research on issues affecting successful reentry.