Course Information

Leslie Strauch, Co-Director
Lori Duke, Co-Director

Students must have completed 43 credit hours prior to enrollment pursuant to rules promulgated by the Supreme Court of Texas for the supervised practice of law by students.

6 credits (pass/fail) — offered Fall and Spring

Students must register for Law 397C and 397D, for a total of six credits.


The class meets once a week (Thursday afternoon) to focus on substantive law, procedure, and ethics, as well as child welfare policy.

Court is usually on Tuesday.  Students may occasionally need to miss class on those days or sometimes on other days.

The weekly workload varies considerably, depending upon what is happening in a student’s cases.

Students are required to travel to see their clients, making access to reliable transportation a must.  If a student does not have access to transportation, please talk with the clinic director about possible solutions.  Occasionally a student must travel outside of Travis County.  In that case, the clinic reimburses the student for mileage.

There are no specific prerequisites for the course.

There is no paper or final exam.

The course meets the Experiential Learning requirement for graduation.