FAQs for prospective students

  1. What type of cases will I work on?

    Typical cases handled by the Domestic Violence Clinic are: divorces, custody suits, protective orders, enforcement of court orders, personal injury suits, and parole hearings on behalf of client incarcerated for crimes against an abuser.

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  2. What types of trial preparation will I do? What will my role be at trial?

    Meet with clients, draft pleadings, draft discovery requests and responses, interview potential witnesses, prepare subpoenas, develop a theory of the case, prepare opening/closing statement, direct/cross examination, and anything else needed for the trial, work with client and social work intern to prepare clients to give testimony, work with clinic assistant to prepare written materials/notebook/evidentiary exhibits for trial. First chair, accompanied by supervising attorney.

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  3. Which courts will I practice in?

    Travis County District Courts, Travis County Court No. 4 (Family Violence Court), Attorney General Child Support Court and parole advocacy with members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

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  4. What are some of the topics of the classroom component of the DVC?

    Understanding domestic violence relationships (e.g., why abuse victims stay), client interviewing, child custody and child support, using expert witnesses, evidentiary issues, mediation in family law cases, personal injury lawsuits and other legal remedies for victims, Child Protective Services involvement in custody matters, criminal prosecution of DV crimes, defending DV victims in criminal proceedings, representing incarcerated persons in parole hearings, tour of SAFE shelter, compassion fatigue and self-care for lawyers.

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  5. What is the class like?

    Readings are posted on Canvas. The class meets once a week for 2.5 hours. Students will discuss their cases with other clinic students (“case rounds”) and there are many scheduled guest speakers.

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