The University of La Verne College of Law has long been a pioneer in providing practical skills training to our law students, giving them the tools they need to be practice-ready. These programs provide service to the local community and give students the opportunity to conduct research, write legal documents, and practice oral advocacy skills while working on actual cases under the supervision of knowledgeable faculty and practicing lawyers.
The College of Law’s clinical 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, a required course, which is a simulated law practice under the guidance of senior partners. Our students form partnerships, establish a local bar, and write the rules to govern their actions. They interview their 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 officers to resolve by arbitration, mediation, or by a jury.
La Verne Law’s robust externship program places upper division students with government agencies, public interest organizations, non-profit agencies, and judges. Our 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.
The College of Law established two live-client clinics to provide practical training experiences for our 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 and further, to develop an ethic of service that values the importance of enhancing the local community of which they are members.
Disability Rights Legal Center Clinic
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.
Justice & Immigration Clinic
Our Justice & Immigration Clinic provides pro bono assistance to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Students participating in the clinic interview clients, find and retain experts, draft and file briefs, draft direct examinations, prepare witnesses and have a valuable opportunity to represent their client before the Immigration Court in Los Angeles.
For more information about the Justice and Immigration Clinic, please contact Professor Diane Uchimiya at (909) 460-2031.