Our legal clinics offer students exposure to client advocacy and litigation in a supervised setting, while provided much-needed legal services to low-income or non-profit clients. Our 12 legal clinics include: Appellate, Immigration Appellate, Bankruptcy Litigation, Elder Law and Guardianship Alternatives, Immigration Law, Community Justice Project, Catholic Social Thought and the United Nations, Consumer Bankruptcy, Federal Commutations, Trademark, Nonprofit Organizations, and Religious Liberty Appellate. Clients are referred to the legal clinics through a variety of social service agencies and programs.
Our clinics provide students with opportunities to develop competent legal practice skills, to apply substantive course work to actual cases and to examine the institutional, ethical and personal problems inherent in the lives of today's practicing lawyers. They are designed to help students develop their own perspective on client advocacy and litigation and learn a structured approach to the lawyering process that will assist them in their legal studies and legal career.
At the same time, the clinics provide legal services to individuals who could not otherwise afford them, including immigrants, the elderly, homeless adults and youth, victims of social injustice, and persons with chemical dependency.
St. Martin de Porres
The Patron Saint of the Legal Clinics
St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639) was born in Lima, Peru, the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman (John de Porres) and a freed slave (Anna Velasquez). He earned a reputation as a servant to the poor, the destitute, the ill, and the slave. Pope John XXIII in 1962 shared the following about him:
He did not blame others for their shortcomings. Certain that he deserved more severe punishment for his sins than others did, he would overlook their worst offenses. He was tireless in his efforts to reform the criminal, and he would sit up with the sick to bring them comfort. For the poor he would provide food, clothing, and medicine. He did all he could to care for poor farmhands, blacks, and mulattoes who were looked down upon as slaves.
We have chosen St. Martin de Porres as a symbol for the work and spirit we hope to foster in service of the working poor.
The image used on this page is a photograph of a stained glass window in the St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Oregon. The Cathedral has graciously provided us with the image for use on our website.
- Bench and Bar of Minnesota
- Hennepin County Bar Association - The Hennepin Lawyer
- Hennepin County Law Library
- Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
- Minnesota CLE
- Minnesota Court System
- Minnesota Judicial Branch
- Minnesota Justice Foundation
- Minnesota Law & Politics
- Minnesota Legal Advice Online
- Minnesota Legal Services Coalition
- Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
- Minnesota Lawyer
- Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification
- Minnesota State Law Library - Minnesota Legal Resources
- Minnesota State Law Library - Minnesota Legal Periodical Index
- Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws and Rules
Apply to Clinic for Fall 2018
An information session for students interested in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 clinics will be held on Monday, March 12th at 12:30pm in MSL 244. Pizza will be served. Clinic faculty, staff, and students will be present to share information and answer questions. Attendance at an information session is recommended, but not required for application. If you are unable to attend and have questions, please feel free to contact Kerry Conboy, Kerry.Conboy@stthomas.edu.
To learn more about the upcoming clinic offerings, check out our Fall 2018 Clinic Offerings Overview.
The Fall 2018 Clinic Application is now available on Blackboard. Here is the path > Community Tab > 2018 Law Registration Information > Legal Clinic Application (purple button on the left).
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE Monday, March 19, 2018 by NOON.
Please submit your completed application and a current resume to Blackboard and IPCLAW@stthomas.edu before that time. Here is the path: Blackboard > Community Tab > 2018 Law Registration Information > Legal Clinic Application (purple button on the left).
Initial CLINIC OFFERS will be made on or around April 3, 2018. If you are offered a position in clinic on April 3, you will be required to accept or reject that offer in person by printing out and signing the clinic acceptance delivered to your UST email address and returning it to the Legal Service Clinic at 30 S. 10th Street by NOON on April 5, 2018. If an acceptance in person is not made at that time, the offer will be considered revoked and an offer will be made to a person on the waitlist.
NOTE: Spring 2019 only clinics will have a separate application and selection process.