La Verne Law Offers Students Training, Tools to Become Practice-Ready

People who work in the legal profession promote justice and help others, whether they specialize in immigration law, environmental law, criminal law or other specialties in the private or public sectors. La Verne Law has long been a pioneer in providing much-needed community service through practical skills programs that also give students the tools they need to be practice-ready.

Students participating in these clinics conduct research, write legal documents, and practice oral advocacy skills while working on actual cases under the supervision of knowledgeable faculty and practicing lawyers.

La Verne’s Justice & Immigration Clinic provides pro bono assistance to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States because they are suffering political, religious, and other human rights persecution in their home countries.  Students interview clients, find and retain experts, draft and file briefs, draft direct examinations, prepare witnesses and represent their clients before the Immigration Court in Los Angeles.

The Disability Rights Legal Center Clinic focuses on disability civil rights litigation and special education issues for low-income and minority families. The clinic addresses some of the most extreme problems for people with disabilities in Inland Southern California, including the failure to provide free and appropriate education for students with disabilities; the treatment of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice and foster care systems; lack of access to the justice system; and lack of access to healthcare.

In addition, La Verne Law’s robust externship program places upper-division students with government agencies, public interest organizations, non-profit agencies, and judges. The program fosters law student engagement with the legal community while helping students reflect on the work they will do as lawyers and the role they will embody when they take their place among their legal peers.

Students secure placements in public interest and government offices, working closely under the supervision of an attorney. Through these placements, students can study the legal process and apply the knowledge and skills developed in law school in a practical setting.

For more information about these or other programs, please call (877) 858-4529 or email lawadm@laverne.edu.

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