Clinic: Domestic Violence

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
TUE, THU 2:30 - 3:45 pm TNH 3.129

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Special Instructions

APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be accessed on the web:


NOTE: During academic year 2024-2025, the Domestic Violence Clinic will be offered ONLY during the Fall 2024 semester. The Domestic Violence Clinic WILL NOT be offered during the Spring 2025 semester.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CLINIC IS A 6-HR. CLINIC.  Grading is Pass/Fail.  The clinical component of this course will involve student representation of domestic violence survivors in a myriad of legal problems, including custody, divorce, visitation, housing, protective orders, parole advocacy and occasionally in consumer and public assistance matters. Students will also perform parole advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence who are in prison due to their victimization. Law students work alongside social work intern partners from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work to provide clients with holistic services for better outcomes.

The class sessions will cover the matters relevant in civil domestic violence cases: safety planning, comprehensive intake, case analysis and handling, investigation, negotiation, trial preparation, discovery, and temporary and permanent orders, including protective orders.   

In addition to regular class time, there are five additional mandatory time commitments for participation in the Domestic Violence Clinic:

  1. Mandatory extra class session on Saturday September 7, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. You may not participate in the Clinic if you do not attend the extra class. 
  2. A one-hour weekly meeting with the supervising attorney.
  3. You will be scheduled for 4 hours per week office hours/phone duty at the Clinic.
  4. You will be expected to document an average of eleven hours per week on your cases towards the hours required for clinic credit.
  5. This is a litigation clinic, and you will be first chairing your cases. Court appearances may require that you miss class.

Due to these requirements, you may not take another clinic or internship at the same time that you take the Domestic Violence Clinic.  

Prerequisites: Students enrolling should not be on scholastic probation. An application is required.

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