With faculty supervision, students are responsible for all aspects of representing Clinic clients, including: case selection; interviewing and counseling clients; fact investigation; theory and advocacy strategy development; analyzing options for changing employment and housing law and policy; drafting demand letters, pleadings, motions, appellate briefs, settlements, and policy documents such as white papers, amicus briefs, analysis of pending legislation, comments to administrative agencies, or testimony; and representing clients in negotiations with other parties, administrative hearings or at oral arguments in state or federal court.
The Clinic also includes a mandatory seminar component that focuses on the relevant substantive law (such as laws relating to employment, and supporting military families) and training/simulations on relevant skills (such as legislative lawyering, courtroom advocacy, public speaking, fact investigation, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and hearing practice).
Students are expected to spend at least 300 hours in the Clinic during the semester, which is approximately 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and 30 hours per week during the summer semester. The Clinic is a graded course (6 credits), based on established criteria, including diligence and thoroughness in representing clients, and classroom participation.
The Clinic does not accept clients on a walk-in basis. At this time, the only new matters the Clinic is considering without a referral from a community partner are hearings related to the denial of unemployment insurance benefits. People seeking help from the Work-Life Law and Policy Clinic must call 480-965-6968 for further information.