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Civil Practice Clinic

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Clinic Director Janet Heppard and Clinic Supervising Attorney Diane McManus.

Students in the Civil Practice Clinic work on a wide variety of civil cases, including bankruptcy, collection, landlord-tenant, divorce, domestic violence, administrative appeals, adoption, will drafting, guardianships, name changes and probate. The goal of the Civil Practice Clinic is for students to work on the types of cases they would handle in their first five years of practice.

The Civil Practice Clinic has a classroom component that meets two times a week for 1 1/2 hours over the course of the semester. The focus of the classroom component is to teach those lawyering skills that are critical to the practice of law, including professional responsibility; interviewing; counseling; fact investigation; drafting pleadings, motions, discovery and other documents; preparing for trial and trial advocacy.


Semester/Credit Hours



Civil Practice Clinic I

Fall & Spring
4 Credit Hours, graded.

Students must complete 50 hours for every credit.

Good academic standing and completion of 30 credits.

Students must attend a mandatory 2 ½ day orientation held from Wednesday to Friday before the first day of school.

Civil Practice Clinic II

Fall & Spring
Credit hours vary.

Completion of Clinic I.
Good academic standing.