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Which clinics are being offered for fall 2017?

The clinics that will be offered in fall 2017 are Asylum, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Criminal Appeals, Family Law, Immigration, Mediation as Advocate, and Misdemeanor Defense.

The Housing & Community Development Clinic will not be offered for the 2017-18 academic year. The TIP Clinic and Advanced Criminal Appeals Clinic will be offered again in spring 2018. ​

Who is eligible to apply to a clinic?

Clinics are intended for upper level students. 1L students (including Two-Year JD students who are in their first year of studies) are not eligible for clinical courses. Some 2Ls may be eligible depending on which clinic you are interested in, and if a 711 license is required. MJ students may not take clinical courses. Some clinics have prerequisites; please check the clinic descriptions for more information. ​

Which clinics require a 711 license?

The Civil Rights, Family Law, Mediation as Advocate, and Misdemeanor clinics all require students to be 711 eligible. Clinic staff will assist in processing your 711 application. ​

Who are the clients we serve?

The vast majority of our clients are indigent individuals and families who cannot afford a private, fee-paid attorney. Most of our clients are referred to our clinics through legal aid agencies, community organizations, or courts that have established partnerships with us. ​

Why should I consider a clinical course?

Clinics provide an opportunity to gain hands-on lawyering experience. Our clinical faculty are experienced attorneys with expertise in their fields. You will work with real clients who need help with real legal issues.

The DePaul Legal Clinic is also a chance to give back to the community and contribute to DePaul’s Vincentian mission. Most of our clients are from the local community and lack access to quality, affordable legal representation. ​