Law Clinics

The Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at Columbia Law School represents entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and community groups that need pro bono transactional legal counsel related to starting or operating their businesses. The clinic’s free services are offered to clients in New York City that are committed to strengthening communities through job creation, producing and preserving affordable housing, or providing innovative and valuable goods and services for their communities.

The Community Enterprise Project (CEP) is a program of the Transactional Law Clinics at Harvard Law School, where students engage in transactional legal representation through a community lawyering model, focusing on communities in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods of Boston. CEP students work with community organizations to identify organizational and community legal needs and develop comprehensive strategies to address those needs. CEP students also provide direct legal services to worker cooperatives, nonprofits, and small businesses in the Greater Boston area on various transactional legal matters.

Howard Law School, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

The Civil Rights Center is dedicated to community-based litigation, policy work, and advocacy.

Students in the Community & Economic Development Clinic provide transactional (non-litigation) assistance to nonprofits and small businesses in low-income communities in and around Nassau County, with a preference for clients that contribute to social and economic justice. Clients include newly-forming businesses and nonprofits requiring start-up assistance and established entities that need help in connection with more complex issues.

We represent individuals, preferably from underserved low and moderate income communities, with limited financial resources who are starting or growing businesses and tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations that serve low and moderate income communities. The BELAW provides students with a clinical experience in the practice of business and transactional law.

The Community Justice Section focuses on civil rights and government accountability.  Our docket has tenant's right cases, public records cases, education equity matters, and other issues that impact the lives of poor people and target structural injustice.

MJC focuses on enforcing the rights of people caught up in the criminal, juvenile and crim- immigration justice systems. Students and faculty represent people and community based organizations in efforts to redress racism,  transform systems, and secure justice. Students are involved in every aspect of our work from participating in community meetings to drafting legal and policy related documents.

The University at Buffalo Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic (HJC) is the legal partner in LegalCare at Roswell Park, a medical-legal partnership (MLP) serving low-income patients of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is ranked in the top 3% of cancer hospitals nationally. HJC student-attorneys represent patients in legal matters commonly experienced by people with a cancer diagnosis, including employment discrimination, disability and other benefits, unhealthy rental housing conditions, and advance health care planning.  The HJC also works with local health and advocacy partners to support better health at the community level through changes to statutes, regulations, policies, and practices that affect health.

The Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program offers pro bono opportunities to all students at Texas Law and promotes an ethic of service throughout the law school. The Mithoff Program empowers students to use their developing legal knowledge and skills to address unmet legal needs in the community starting as early as their first semester. Each year, Texas Law students work on over 75 pro bono projects and donate over 15,000 hours of pro bono service. The Mithoff Program supports a number of in-house legal projects and community clinics. The Mithoff Program’s in-house projects assist people with legal issues including alternatives to guardianship, asylum interview preparation, criminal record sealing, driver’s license recovery, name and gender marker changes, and special education hearing preparation.

The Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic teaches transactional practice skills to students through the representation of nonprofit corporations, community-based associations and enterprises, small businesses, and artists. The clinic provides both challenging client work and a rigorous classroom component to expose students to substantive legal concepts related to community economic development and business law.

The Housing and Consumer Law Clinic provides representation in housing-related civil litigation. Students enrolled in this clinic represent individuals and small groups in eviction defenses, affirmative habitability actions, illegal rent increases, and real property actions, including predatory loans and foreclosure, fair housing and miscellaneous torts. Students also represent consumers against merchants and homeowners against home improvement contractors in disputes involving sales and services. The clinic's seminar is designed to teach students substantive housing and consumer law, as well as thoroughly ground them in motion practice, trial, and appellate advocacy.

The Gender Violence Clinic explores the ways in which gender and violence intersect. Students will examine several contexts in which issues of gender and violence overlap, including intimate partner abuse, trafficking, violence against imprisoned individuals, and violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The course will pay particular attention to the experiences of people of color and low income people experiencing violence and abuse. Students will engage in individual representation of clients in a range of cases implicating gender and violence. Subjects for litigation include domestic violence protective or peace orders; divorce; custody; immigration relief, including Violence Against Women Act self-petitions or T or U visa applications; expungement of criminal records for victims of trafficking; sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination; and violence against prisoners.

The first of its kind in the United States, the Entrepreneurship Clinic plays a central role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Michigan and beyond. Since its inception in 2012, the clinic has provided no-cost legal services to a significant number of student-led and other startups. We offer an array of services and resources including direct legal representation, office hours, workshops, and blog posts with current information about entrepreneurial legal issues.

A clinic in which students represent clients in employment, housing, and other civil rights and economic justice cases. Civil Clinic students also work on related advocacy projects with local and national organizations

The Race and Justice Clinic works on addressing the over-representation of youth of color in the juvenile and criminal legal systems through direct representation, community education, policy advocacy and other means.

The Neighborhood Law Clinic is a service learning experience wherein students develop essential lawyering skills while providing real clients with full representation services. In addition to working at the law school, students staff off-campus offices in the neighborhood, meeting clients where they are in the local community. Students develop proficiency in interviewing, case evaluation, client counseling, legal writing, negotiation, fact investigation, legal research, as well as pre-trial, trial, and appellate advocacy. Under supervision, students engage in all aspects of carefully-selected cases at the municipal, administrative, state court, federal court, and appellate court levels. In addition to serving the legal needs of the community, students learn the substantive laws and procedural rules applicable to rental housing and employment law in Wisconsin.

The Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic is a community lawyering clinic that provides legal support to farmworkers and their families in a range of legal issues, and also serves as a resource to community based organizations working to end systemic injustices impacting farmworker communities.

The Yale Civil Rights Project (CRP) aims to advance civil rights and social justice by providing law students with an opportunity to work collaboratively with advocacy organizations. In the past, CRP has partnered with organizations including the ACLU, Know Your IX, National Employment Law Project, and the Bronx Defenders. CRP functions similarly to a clinic: we connect students with a partnering legal organization; the students conduct legal and fact-based research to advance their work. Past projects have included researching racial discrimination in jury selection, drafting a bill to return control of end-of-life decisions to pregnant women, and analyzing how girls of color are affected by the school-to-prison pipeline.