Clinic: Civil Rights - Skills

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CIVIL RIGHTS CLINIC IS A 6-HR. CLINIC. STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH 397C AND 397D Students in the Civil Rights Clinic represent low-income clients in civil rights matters, such as prisoners' rights, due process rights in the criminal justice system, and First and Fourth Amendment rights. Students work on cases and advocacy projects with co-counsel from Texas-based and/or national civil rights organizations, and under the supervision of clinic faculty. Through direct representation, students hone lawyering skills, including client interviewing, fact investigation, negotiation, drafting pleadings, discovery and depositions, and trial advocacy. Students work on cases in teams, meeting with supervising clinic faculty on at least a weekly basis. Students also participate in a classroom seminar, in which students learn relevant substantive and procedural law, discuss the political and social contexts of civil rights cases, and think through how to resolve legal problems effectively and ethically. The seminar meets twice a week for a total of three hours. The supervising Clinic faculty member is Clinical Professor Ranjana Natarajan. The clinic is offered in the fall and spring, for six (6) credits, pass/ fail. Students must register for Law 397C and 397D, for a total of six credits. The Clinic is open to students who have completed their first two semesters. Students should expect to devote an average of 10-20 hours per week for casework and seminar preparation. For more information, see

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Satisfies ABA Professional Skills Requirement

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