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Community Law Clinic: Clinical Practice

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[ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Clinic : This clinic is a particularly good choice for students focused on public interest law and public policy affecting disadvantaged communities. The clinic assists low-income clients with a wide variety of legal challenges, including landlord-tenant disputes, employment law, and government benefit claims. Clinic students also work on policy projects, legislative advocacy, and community legal education in areas that affect the community in East Palo Alto. Be sure to also consider other clinics: Whether or not a clinic focuses on the substantive law of your specific career orientation, you can be confident that every clinic will provide skills-based training that is relevant and transferable to other areas of practice. Review the clinic activities for the skill sets you are most interested in acquiring, such as interviewing clients, presenting arguments, writing for different audiences, or negotiating and collaborating with others. Equally important, the mentoring offered to students by clinical program directors provides a valuable opportunity to develop that key lawyering competence: professional judgment. The following clinics are particularly useful for those planning to work in the policy arena or practice with regulatory agencies. They develop a policy focus and administrative advocacy skills that are useful for this career direction in any substantive area: Cyberlaw Clinic Environmental Law Clinic Education Law Clinic Supreme Court Clinic

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The CLC is the closest thing to a general legal services office among Stanford's clinical offerings. Based in East Palo Alto, the CLC provides students with the opportunity to provide direct legal services to low-income residents, while thinking critically about the role of lawyers and lawyering in solving the problems of America's so-called "working poor." The Clinic's practice is in three areas: (1) housing (eviction defense and Section 8 termination), (2) wage and hour and related workers' rights, and (3) criminal record expungement. These practice areas lie at the intersection where the community's unmet legal needs and students' learning needs correspond; the cases enable students to engage in a wide-range of conventional lawyering activities (interviewing, counseling, negotiation, fact investigation, legal research), while also working on the very pressing problems of Stanford's low-income neighbors. Students are responsible for their cases from intake through disposition, which can be reached through negotiation or adversarial proceeding at an administrative agency or in court. Students also have the chance to participate in outreach or policy-level projects, such as representing the clinic on a state or regional committee on a substantive issue, doing community education workshops at sites around the Peninsula, and/or legislative research and advocacy. In the clinic seminar and in regular supervision, students are encouraged to interrogate the effectiveness of the legal system at delivering "justice" for their clients and to explore creative ways that legal knowledge can be deployed to attack the social problems attendant to low wages, substandard and unstable housing, and other features of low-income life in Silicon Valley. The Law School's clinical courses is being offered on a full-time basis for 12 credits. Students enrolled in a clinic are not permitted to enroll in any other classes, seminars, directed research or other credit-yielding activities during the quarter in which they are enrolled in a clinic. Students may not enroll in any clinic (basic or advanced) which would result in them earning more than 27 clinical credits during their law school career.

Course Style: A Clinic provides hands-on practical legal experience under the supervision of a faculty member and complemented by a seminar.

Course Frequency: Varied, check w/ SU registrar

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