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First Amendment Clinic

The First Amendment Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University was established to teach a new generation of lawyers how to help individuals stand up for their First Amendment rights..
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 

First Amendment staff and students picture on BCLS stairs landing

Course Information

The First Amendment Clinic is a one semester course.

  • Credits: three or six, one graded for seminar and two or five, pass/fail for client component
  • Pre- or Co-Requites: Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Law and Civil Procedure
  • Must be Rule 39 certified after acceptance to clinic.

Enrollment limited to 6 students

Student Applications Dates for Clinic:

Spring 2022:
Applications: September 24th through October 24th, 2021
Offers extended to students: October 29th, 2021
Student acceptances due: November 1st, 2021 by 5 pm

Summer/Fall 2022:
Application period: January X - February X, 2022
Offers extended to students: February X, 2022
Student acceptances due: March X, 2022 by 5 pm

**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.

Our People

Gregg Leslie

Gregg Leslie
Executive Director, First Amendment Clinic
Professor of Practice

James Weinstein

James Weinstein
Faculty Advisor
Professor of Law