Civil Legal Assistance Clinic

Students in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic represent individual clients and collaborate with partner organizations on civil matters related to racial, economic, and gender justice. We focus primarily on the rights of tenants.

Subjects most likely to be covered include:

  • Eviction
  • Dangerous Housing Conditions
  • Housing Discrimination

We might also cover:

  • Unemployment
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Employment Discrimination

In the Fall semester, students represent individual clients in civil litigation related to preserving affordable housing or maintaining a living wage. In the Spring semester, students continue representing their clients and, as time permits, work on advocacy projects related to housing, employment, or other areas of civil justice.

Enrollment Options and Credit Hours

  • Full year (fall and spring semester) – 6 credit hours fall semester, 3 credit hours spring semester

Skills Learned

  • Interviewing
  • Factual Investigation
  • Case Theory
  • Case Planning
  • Counseling
  • Negotiation
  • Drafting Pleadings
  • Writing Letters and Memos for Different Audiences
  • Depositions and Written Discovery
  • Using Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Applying Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Developing Your Professional Identity
  • Collaborating with Colleagues
  • Lawyering Across Cultural Divides
  • Recognizing Social Contexts of Legal Problems & Relationships


  • Pre- or Co-requisite courses: Evidence


Staff Attorney
(919) 962-2891 |

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, and Interim Director of the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic
(919) 962-2515