Available to: 2nd and 3rd year students
The Civil Clinic is designed to teach essential skills (interviewing, counseling, problem-analysis, negotiation) for the practice of law. The class promotes reflection upon individual strengths and preferences in legal work.
Course: Lawyering Skills Survey (3 cr., graded, Fall, Spring & Summer). This course teaches the theory and practice of interviewing and counseling (through readings, demonstrations, role-playing, and videotaped exercises) and introduces the problem-solving strategies of negotiation and advocacy. The class also serves as a forum for students to reflect upon their live clinic experiences. Grades are based upon videotaped performances and short reflective writing. Lawyering Skills Survey should be taken concurrently with the placement or before the placement. Meets Experiential Requirement for graduation.
Placements (2 – 5 cr., P/F, Fall, Spring, & Summer): Students will apply and develop lawyering skills in representing their own clients at public interest law offices and with pro bono attorneys. They interview and advise clients, develop strategies, and negotiate and advocate on their clients’ behalf in administrative & court hearings. Placements include:
- Utah Legal Services— Landlord-tenant, public benefits (SSI/SSDI), consumer, elderly, expungement, farm-workers, and family law.
- Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake —Family law: Includes divorce, custody, and domestic violence.
- Disability Law Center— Address legal problems arising from a client’s disability, e.g. institutional treatment discrimination, education.
- Guardian ad Litem— Represent children in Juvenile Court abuse, neglect, and parental termination cases (occasional District Court protective orders). Placements in downtown SLC, W. Jordan, and Layton offices.
- Nonprofit Legal Services – Firm handles a wide variety of civil cases with an emphasis in landlord/tenant and employment discrimination cases.
- Hill Air Force Base Clinic – Represent enlisted service people, advise commander, prosecute court martial.
- Holy Cross Ministries— Immigration Law assisting clients to apply for immigration benefits (DACA, UVisa) crime victims & children. Fluency in Spanish required.
- Immigration Firms— Assist on pro bono cases with firms practicing immigration law. Fluency in Spanish preferred.
- Law Office of Virginia Sudbury – Firm offering unbundled legal services, specializing in family law. Pro Se Clinic in commissioner’s court Tuesday 1:30 – 4:00.
- Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic— Protect victims’ rights in criminal cases.
- Utah Labor Commission – Investigate administrative cases alleging discrimination (employment/housing)
- Open Legal Services – Low bono firm practicing family law (and some criminal defense.) Interns handle own pro bono case.
- UU Athletic Compliance Office – Assist with NCAA interpretations – student-athletic contracts, employment, recruiting, eligibility, financial aid and playing season regulations.
- Utah Transit Authority – Assist general counsel in litigation defending personal injury actions against UTA.
**Certain of the above placements are also available in conjunction with substantive courses as part of the Victims Clinic, Poverty Law Clinic, and Elder Law Clinic**
Faculty: Professor Linda F. Smith
Registration & Placement: Students may enroll in the course online for Fall and Spring. Hardcopy paper applications are accepted for Summer. Students must complete the Clinical Program Application and Placement Preference Form in order to indicate placement preferences and background. Students will then be enrolled in the clinic. Typically a student specializes in only one area of law during any one semester.
Most students are able to intern at their preferred placement. Students who have previously taken the Lawyering Skills Survey course may enroll in the placement component of the Civil Clinic in a subsequent semester.
LAW 7920-001: Lawyering Skills Survey
Summer 2017: May 15 – May 26 from 3:00 – 6:15 p.m. with additional meetings Fridays June 16, July 7 and 28 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Taught by Professor Linda F. Smith
Fall: Thurs. & Fri. 10:30 – noon, taught by Professor Linda F. Smith
Spring: Thurs. & Fri. 8:00 – 9:25 a.m.
LAW 7930-001: Civil Clinic Every Semester (2 – 5 credits)
Additional work in the Civil Clinic WILL APPLY to the Pro Bono Initiative certificate.