Yearlong: 8 credits (4 credits per semester)
The 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.