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 matters and supporting vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities and military families) and training/simulations on relevant skills (such as legislative lawyering, courtroom advocacy, public speaking, fact investigation, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and drafting).
The Clinic is a graded 6-credit course. Students are expected to spend at least 300 hours in the Clinic during the semester.
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 or overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits. People seeking help from the Work-Life Law and Policy Clinic must call 480-727-2382 for further information.