Brand New Legal Services Clinic Opportunities!
The Legal Services Clinic is delighted to announce that two additional clinic offerings have been recently approved by the Curriculum Committee. Their approval came too late for them to be included in the regular clinic application process. 1L and 2L students are invited to apply for either of these offerings. If you already have been accepted into a clinic for next year, you may apply but upon acceptance into one of these new offerings you would be required to relinquish your position in the clinic into which you have already been accepted.
Bankruptcy Litigation (2 semester commitment, 3 credits each semester): The Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic involves defending a debtor who has been sued for a denial of discharge, or in a case commenced by a creditor to have one or more of the creditor's claims declared nondischargeable. Students will be responsible for interviewing the client and investigating the facts surrounding the lawsuit. Students will draft an answer to the complaint, or if appropriate a motion to dismiss. Students will conduct discovery, participate in motion practice if necessary, attempt a resolution of the case by settlement or mediation, and finally, defend the client at the trial. Students will gain valuable experience in appearing in court before one of the four bankruptcy judges. Advanced Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic is a second semester doing the same type of work as the first semester, permitting more extensive involvement in ongoing litigation. It is assumed that students who register for the first semester will also register for the second. This course will be taught by our adjunct faculty from Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLC. This clinic is different from the Bankruptcy Clinic already in operation (which will now be called the Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic).
Nonprofit Organizations (2 semester commitment, 3 credits each semester): This will be the first nonprofit clinical course that focuses on the legal needs of aspiring nonprofits that originate from law students at our law school. As this course helps these organizations get off the ground and sustain themselves, we will provide a vehicle for our graduates to promote social and economic justice here and abroad. The successful organizations will provide jobs for some of our graduates. Work for nonprofit organizations that are exempt from the federal income tax under IRC § 501(c)(3) is eligible for loan forgiveness of federal student loans. In sum, the successful projects promote employment of our graduates, social justice, and student loan repayment assistance. In addition, the students acquire important knowledge, skills, and values that they apply to the projects. The projects provide experiential learning that is more enduring for the student. Students who take this class are more likely to volunteer for nonprofit organizations and serve on their boards, which promotes servant leadership and social justice. This course will be taught by Professor Scott Taylor.
Clinic applications are closed. Thank you for your interest.