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A legal education begins in the classroom, but does not end there.

Since 1969, the Clinical Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has helped students develop the legal expertise and professional judgment they need to bridge the gap between a law degree and practicing law. In the clinics, students engage in challenging and rewarding legal cases for real clients, and many students find their clinical experience to be the high point of their law school education. For these reasons, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has cited clinical experience as one of the most important aspects of legal education.

Our program offers a wide variety of experiences through the ten clinics: Civil Litigation, First Amendment, Immigration Law and Policy, Indian Legal, Patent Law, and Post-Conviction as well as the five outside clinics: Healthcare Entrepreneurship, Innovation Advancement Program, Lodestar Mediation, Public Defender and Prosecution.

Under the direct supervision of faculty and practicing attorneys, most clinics provide opportunities to take direct responsibility for clients in a law practice setting. In addition to providing legal services, each clinic has a classroom component where students explore issues of proficiency and ethics, lawyer client relationship; alternative dispute resolution, and the attorney’s role as an advocate in the justice system.

Clinical courses should be an integral part of a balanced legal education. In today’s competitive legal environment, students with clinical experience have a decided edge in finding rewarding positions in their chosen fields.

Civil Litigation Clinic

Students represent clients in civil disputes and administrative proceedings including unemployment/wage, landlord/tenant and consumer issues.

Clinic Director: Jennifer Barnes

First Amendment Clinic

Student attorneys in the First Amendment Clinic will address core first amendment issues of local and regional importance related to free speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly.

Clinic Director: James Weinstein

Healthcare Entrepreneurship Clinic

Partners law students interested in health law with early-stage Arizona businesses in the healthcare and technology arena.

Clinic Director: John Shufelt

Immigration Clinic

Collaborates with local nonprofits, governmental agencies, and community advocates to identify foster children in need of immigration services.

Clinic Director: Evelyn H. Cruz

Indian Legal Clinic

Provides law students with an opportunity to participate in real cases dealing with native peoples and Indian issues.

Clinic Director: Patty Ferguson-Bohnee

Innovation Advancement Program Clinic

Innovative program that pairs inventors, technology entrepreneurs, tech transfer professionals, and emerging technology companies with law students.

Clinic Director: Raees Mohamed

Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic

Enables students to work with independent inventors and start-up companies to draft and prosecute patent applications in the USPTO under the supervision of licensed patent attorneys.

Clinic Director: Michelle Gross

Lodestar Mediation Clinic

An integral component of the nationally recognized Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program, helps students learn about alternatives to litigation while gaining practical experience about the mediation process

Clinic Director: Art Hinshaw

Post-Conviction Clinic

Investigates claims of wrongful conviction from prisoners convicted of crimes in Arizona.

Clinic Director: Katie Puzauskas

Public Defender Clinic

Under close attorney supervision, students represent indigent defendants in criminal cases in the Maricopa County Superior Court and Justice Courts.

Clinic Director: Jeff Roth

Prosecution Clinic

Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, students prosecute both misdemeanor and felony cases in Maricopa County and city courts.

Clinic Director: Kenneth Vick