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
• Rental Debt Collection Defense

Throughout the year, students represent individual clients in civil litigation related to preserving affordable housing. In the Spring semester, students continue representing their clients and, as time permits, students may also work on advocacy projects related to housing or other areas of civil justice.

Enrollment Options and Credit Hours

  • Full year (fall and spring semester) – 4 credit hours fall semester, 6 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-requisite courses: None
  • Co-requisite courses: None


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