Mitchell | Hamline School of Law
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Clinic: Civil Advocacy (8305)


Students take full responsibility for representing clients. The course focuses on the challenges of representing real people against real opponents in an ethical, reflective, and creative way. Under close supervision of faculty, students interview and counsel clients, direct discovery and fact investigation, negotiate disputes, prepare trial memos and motions, conduct administrative hearings and district court trials, and, on occasion, write briefs and argue unemployment cases in the Court of Appeals. Cases cover a variety of subject areas, including landlord-tenant, unemployment compensation and employment, and consumer and welfare matters. Students meet weekly in seminar in addition to meeting individually with faculty for supervision of casework. Some required activities (such as court appearance, investgation and interviews) take place during normal business hours, but most students are able to combine this clinic's work with their own employment and care-giving responsibilities.

Grading: Letter graded

Credits: variable

Offered: Fall/Spring

Categories: Experiential

Subject Areas: Public Interest Law

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