In this clinic, students will represent low- and moderate- income clients in a variety of practice areas: primarily immigration, but also including employment, consumer, family, wills and estates, and real estate law. This clinic introduces students to practice specialties that are common to small private practices and public interest/legal services programs, with the goals of: 1) exposing students to a wide range of public interest practice areas; 2) helping students develop their capacity quickly to build expertise in new fields; 3) exploring how lawyers can establish and maintain general and/or small practices in economically sustainable ways; 4) analyzing how public and private lawyers, working together, can provide enhanced legal services to poor and moderate-income people and communities; 5) building skills of law practice and professionalism; and 6) introducing students to our justice system, including the impact of income, race, and gender on access to justice. There will be a once-weekly seminar-style class (Tuesdays from 3:10-5:00 p.m.). In addition, students will meet with the professor each week, either individually or in teams, to discuss ongoing client matters. Students will also work with outside supervisors who are, themselves, engaged in solo or small firm practice. Studentsí grades will be based on the quality of their work, their professionalism (e.g., attention to ethical responsibilities; communication with and commitment to supervisors, colleagues, and clients; and compliance with deadlines); effort; improvement; initiative and resourcefulness; and willingness and ability to support their colleagues. This clinic will satisfy the Cardin Requirement.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a one day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Law Practice Orientation Program the Saturday before the first day of the semester in which the course begins.
Summer General Practice Clinic
The Summer General Practice Clinic offers unique opportunities for students to acquire a variety of clinical experiences. Unlike the typical clinical experience in which students concentrate in one area of clinical practice for one or two semesters, summer clinic students have the opportunity to practice in several areas. A primary goal of summer clinic is to maintain continuity of service to current clients. In addition, students will assume responsibility for new, primarily criminal, cases. For the first three weeks there will be daily sessions designed to cover a broad range of general legal practice techniques, case management and justice system issues. Special topics may include forensic mental health, juvenile justice, alternative justice models. For the remainder of the session there will be two class sessions per week, one of which will be spent primarily doing case conferencing and presentations. There also will be a focus on some unique features of Baltimore City and its history for the purposes of enhancing student knowledge about the communities in which they will practice. Summer Clinic is offered to second and third year day, and third and fourth year evening students. Summer clinic lasts 10 weeks. Students are expected to spend on average 40 hours per week in clinic. This approximates the time that students spend in clinic during typical 14 week long Fall or Spring semester, that is, approximately 400 hours per semester. Students may take vacation following the completion of Summer Clinic which is August 13.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a daylong (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Law Practice Orientation Program on the first day of the summer session.
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