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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.
The mission of the Civil Litigation Clinic is to train law students to become effective, compassionate practitioners through:
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.
The Civil Litigation Clinic is a one semester course.
Students are expected to spend a minimum of 270 hours in the Clinic during the one semester.
Included in those hours is a mandatory seminar class of a minimum of five hours per week.