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Civil Litigation Clinic

Student attorneys in the Civil Litigation Clinic are certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to represent people who do not have adequate resources to hire an attorney in cases such as consumer fraud, employment discrimination, unemployment insurance benefits, wage claims, and tenant's rights.

Student attorneys are involved in all aspects of civil and administrative practice including interviewing and counseling clients, fact investigation, drafting pleadings, motions, and appellate briefs, conducting discovery such as taking depositions and propounding interrogatories and representing clients in trials, arbitrations, and mediation. Student attorneys may also present oral argument in appellate courts.

Our mission

The mission of the Civil Litigation Clinic is to train law students to become effective, compassionate practitioners through:

  1. direct representation of clients under close faculty supervision,
  2. classroom instruction, and,
  3. individual mentoring.

In fulfilling its mission, the clinic strives to promote access to justice by offering free legal services to people who do not have adequate resources to hire a private attorney.

Course information

The Civil Litigation Clinic is a one semester course.

  • Credits: six graded credits
  • Grading Criteria: grading rubrics assessing diligence, thoroughness, representation, and classroom participation are provided at the beginning of the semester.
  • Pre- or Co-Requisite(s): Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law & Professional Responsibility

Time commitment

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 270 hours in the Clinic during the one semester.

  • Fall or Spring Semester – 20 hours per week
  • Summer Semester – 27 hours per week

Included in those hours is a mandatory seminar class of a minimum of five hours per week.

Student Applications Dates for Clinic:

Spring 2020:
Applications: September 28th - October 28th, 2019
Offers extended to students: November 6, 2019
Student acceptances due: November 8, 2019

Summer/Fall 2020:
Application period: January TBA - March TBA
Offers extended to students: March TBA
Student acceptances due: March TBA

**IMPORTANT!* - Pursuant to the Statement of Student Policies, Clinics – Students who have applied for a clinic and have been accepted may decline upon offer without consequence. However, once a student has accepted a clinic offered, any student who drops the clinic without prior approval by the dean’s designee will be subject to the 12-month ban.

Students may apply via Atlas.

For late applications, please contact the Civil Litigation Clinic for space availability or call (602) 496-1717.

The Civil Litigation Clinic accepts limited inquiries for services. If you believe you have a valid civil legal claim you may submit the above application for consideration. For matters not within the scope noted on the application please contact Community Legal Services at 602-258-3434 for assistance.

Our people

Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes
Faculty Director of Clinical Programs
Director, Civil Litigation Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Bob Dauber

Bob Dauber
Clinical Professor of Law