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First Amendment Clinic

The First Amendment Clinic gives students experience in many aspects of a First Amendment and media law practice, primarily concentrating on press freedom and access issues. The clinic’s primary goal is to teach aspiring lawyers how to help journalists defend their rights and promote government accountability. Clinic students will be involved in all aspects of a media law practice, particularly emphasizing interviewing and counseling media clients, drafting of legal documents such as briefs, pleadings, and motions, and representing clients in various legal settings. .

What students do:

Student attorneys are certified to practice in the clinic by the Arizona Supreme Court. Student attorneys will be involved in all aspects of a media law practice, particularly emphasizing interviewing and counseling media clients, drafting of appropriate legal documents such as briefs, pleadings and motions, and representing clients in various legal settings.

First Amendment Clinic

Course Information

The First Amendment Clinic is a one semester course.

  • Credits: three, one graded and two pass/fail
  • Pre- or Co-Requites: Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Law and Civil Procedure

Enrollment limited to 6 students

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: 
Applications: 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 during the application period listed above.

For other information, please contact the Executive Director, Gregg.Leslie@asu.edu.

Our people

Gregg Leslie

Gregg Leslie
Executive Director, First Amendment Clinic
Professor of Practice
Gregg.Leslie@asu.edu

James Weinstein

James Weinstein
Faculty Advisor, First Amendment Clinic
Professor of Law
James.Weinstein@asu.edu