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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 4 students

Applications dates

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

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

**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.

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

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