(formerly the Civil Justice Clinic - Work Life Policy Unit)
Students in the Work-Life Law and Policy Clinic focus on employment law matters for low-income individuals and non-profit organizations working on their behalf. This work includes civil disputes, administrative proceedings, legislative lawyering, public policy development, and community education projects involving unemployment insurance benefits, leave, wage and hour, discrimination, workplace flexibility, and civil justice for military families.
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 employment laws and other supports of 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, dispute resolution, 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 or issues relating to wage theft. People seeking help from the Work-Life Law and Policy Clinic must call 480-727-2382 for further information.
"At its core, WLLPC is a law firm. That means real clients, real cases and real consequences for all involved parties. Each client and judge brought new and unique challenges. The greatest reward was seeing the relief on clients' faces as we assured them that the scales of justice were no longer balanced against them. WLLPC offers much more that just a litigation-centric experience. Locally, we worked with various community stakeholders to address economic problems faced by Arizonans and counseled homeless veterans regarding a myriad of civil legal issues. To say that the WLLPC exposes students to a variety of opportunities to help the community and grow as legal advocates would be an understatement. Although all students should pursue clinical work, special emphasis should be placed on seeking acceptance into the WLLPC; you won't regret it!" - Ryan Lockner, Clinic Alum Fall 2013; Spring 2014
"All law students should take advantage of a clinical experience. My doctrinal classes are the foundation of my legal training, but my experience in the Work-Life Clinic at ASU was and always will be the heart of it." - Vivian Corral-Nava, Class of 2012