The clinical law programs available at the University of La Verne College of Law provide practical, experiential training to law students, equipping them with the confidence and skills they need to be practice-ready. Clinical legal education involves work on actual cases under the supervision of knowledgeable faculty and practicing lawyers. Students conduct research, write legal documents, and practice oral advocacy skills. Through clinical programs, students are also able to provide pro bono legal services to the local community.
The College of Law’s clinical legal education curriculum is comprised of three components: the Lawyering Skills Practicum course, a highly successful Externship Program, and various live-client clinical opportunities.
Lawyering Skills Practicum
The core of our clinical program is the Lawyering Skills Practicum, which is a simulated law practice that takes place under the guidance of senior partners. During the practicum, law students form partnerships, establish a local bar, and develop a moral and ethical compass that will govern their actions throughout their legal career.
In the simulation, students:
- interview the client;
- negotiate a fee arrangement;
- write and file appropriate pleadings;
- pursue all evidence via discovery;
- prepare, file, and argue all appropriate motions (including a summary judgment motion);
- write briefs; and
- bring their matter before a judicial officer to resolve by a jury, arbitration, or mediation.
Lawyering Skills is a required course for J.D. students.
La Verne’s robust externship program places upper-division law students with government agencies, public interest organizations, non-profit agencies, and judges. Externships foster 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.
The College of Law established two live-client clinics to provide practical training experiences for law students. These clinical experiences do not simply give our students the opportunity to improve their skills—they also give students a chance to demonstrate to the surrounding legal community the quality of their work. Furthermore, students develop an ethic of service that values the importance of enhancing their local community.
Disability Rights Legal Center Clinic
The Disability Rights Legal Center (“DRLC”) 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.
To apply for the DRLC, submit an application on their website. Applications need to be received at least four (4) weeks prior to the start of the enrolling semester. For more information, contact Veena Gursahani, DRLC Senior Staff Attorney and Clinic Supervisor.
Justice and Immigration Clinic
Our Justice and Immigration Clinic provides pro bono assistance to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Students participate in client interviews, find and retain experts, draft and file briefs, draft direct examinations, prepare witnesses, and represent their clients before the Immigration Court in Los Angeles.
For more information about the Justice and Immigration Clinic, please contact Professor Diane Uchimiya by email or phone at (909) 460-2031.
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