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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 and wage claims, benefits eligibility for people with disabilities, 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 Innovation Advancement Program 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

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

Usual Applications dates

*IMPORTANT!* - Pursuant to the Statement of Student Policies, no student pre-registered for a clinical offering shall be allowed to drop the clinic later than two weeks preceding the first day of classes unless instructor approval is first obtained.

Spring 2019:
Priority application period: September 26th - November 7th
Offers extended to students: November 16
Student acceptances due: November 19

Summer/Fall 2019:
Priority application period: January 21st - March 4th
Offers extended to students: March 8
Student acceptances due: March 11

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

The Civil Litigation Clinic does not accept outside referrals or direct inquiries for services. If you believe you have a valid civil legal claim, please contact the Arizona Legal Center at 480-727-0127 for referral to our clinic or another clinic that can assist you.

Our people

Jennifer Barnes

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

Bob Dauber

Bob Dauber
Clinical Professor of Law

(Will be teaching beginning Fall 2018)