Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic

Students in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic represent clients in domestic violence protective order hearings in local courts as well as in Title IX disciplinary hearings at local colleges and universities. Additional comprehensive representation in state court may extend to family law matters, including child custody and divorce, and other collateral matters. Students also may work with national, state and local domestic violence service providers in areas related to policy and advocacy.

Enrollment Options and Credit Hours

  • Full year (fall and spring semester) — 4 credit hours per semester
  • Fall semester only — 4 credit hours
  • Spring semester only —4 credit hours

Skills Learned

  • Diligent and zealous advocacy
  • Client-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate representation
  • Interviewing
  • Counseling 
  • Problem solving
  • Factual investigation
  • Legal research and application of facts to law
  • Litigation planning/Strategic planning
  • Negotiation
  • Trial Preparation
  • Written advocacy
  • Oral advocacy
  • Oral and written communication
  • Case file management
  • Experience working in an office setting with a supervising attorney, colleagues and support staff


  • Pre-requisite courses: Evidence
  • Pre- or co-requisite courses: Trauma-Informed Lawyering (RWE), Trial Advocacy


Clinical Professor of Law, and Director of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic
(919) 962-2874 |
3058 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall