Yearlong: 8 credits (4 credits per semester)
Civil Rights Clinic focuses on civil rights cases involving police or
prison misconduct as well other claims involving race, gender, sexual
orientation and gender identity discrimination. Typically, these cases
include physical brutality, sexual abuse, false arrests and
imprisonment, and/or illegal searches by law enforcement officials. In
this clinic, you are actively involved in litigating civil rights cases.
You are expected to interview plaintiffs, witnesses and potential new
clients; develop the theory of a case; research and draft legal briefs,
motions and written discovery; take and defend depositions; find and
work with expert witnesses; and attend court appearances, hearings and
trial. The clinic also provides opportunities to learn necessary
substantive law, including Section 1983 case law, the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence, as well as to learn
the practical skills needed to successfully litigate civil rights cases.