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 11 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, 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.
APPLICATIONS are available on Blackboard starting October 3, 2017.
Here is the path: Blackboard > Community tab > 2017 Law Registration Information > Legal Clinic Application (purple button on the left).
Enrollment in clinics is only through the clinic application and selection process. If you are not selected for a clinic through this process, you will not be able to enroll in a clinic.
CLINIC APPLICATIONS ARE DUE Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4pm.
CIVIL CLINIC OVERVIEW: Clinic students will learn the substantive law, lawyering skills and professional ethics necessary to serve clients in one of our many clinic offerings. Please visit the Legal Clinics or Blackboard sites for more information.
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 or by calling 2-4960.
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.
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