Robins, Kaplan Civil Practice Clinic – 7000
The Civil Practice Clinic offers second and third year students an opportunity to gain both practical lawyering experience and the satisfaction of representing real clients.
The Clinic introduces students to the practice of lawyering through a combination of instructional methods. Classroom sessions explore topics such as interviewing, negotiation, counseling, and motion practice. Simulated exercises allow students to apply classroom learning in a life-like setting. Finally, each student handles approximately three cases involving topics such as family, employment, consumer, and administrative law. These cases provide student attorneys with the opportunity to participate in almost all aspects of the lawyering process, including court and administrative hearing appearances.
The Clinic course is a two semester program, although the classroom portion is completed during the first semester. Students earn a total of seven credits allocated between the two semesters. A significant advantage to Clinic enrollment during the second year of law school is eligibility for selection as a third year student director. Student directors act as “junior partners” in the Clinic law firm — one of the most valuable learning experiences offered by the law school.