Law Clinic

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The Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice is home to University Legal Assistance (ULA), a not-for-profit clinical law program.

The Clinic is modeled after a general-practice law firm. Managed by faculty members, the Clinic gives students the opportunity to apply academics to legal practice.

The Clinic has received the Charles Goldmark Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington, and the Emil Grumpier Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Trial Advocacy. It also has been recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

For The Public:

University Legal Services (ULA) is located in the Center for Law and Justice at Gonzaga University School of Law.

ULA offers assistance to two groups of low-income residents. University Legal Assistance:

  • Provides representation, advice and counseling without charge to low-income persons 60 years of age and older who are residents of Spokane County.
  • Helps low-income taxpayers with Federal tax problems before the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court.

Cases are handled by second- and third-year law students under the direct supervision of attorneys.

To Get Legal Assistance:

Apply to University Legal Assistance directly by calling (509) 313-5791 or contact the Northwest Justice Project’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice, and Referral CLEAR Service.

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For Students:

Each of the six discrete clinics is organized to give you an opportunity to learn critical skills, where you will learn by doing. Credits earned in the Law Clinic qualify for the Experiential Learning requirement towards graduation. A student may take up to 15 total Clinical Law credits towards graduation requirements.

Each intern represents clients at all levels of the dispute-resolution process, and is responsible (under supervision) for case decisions and attorney-client collaboration.

If the case reaches the litigation phase, the intern handles all aspects of the pre-trial and trial preparation, as well as the trial itself.

ULA interns were the first interns in the state of Washington to try criminal felony cases, the first to try cases in the Federal Court and to argue in the Courts of Appeal.

Get More Information & Apply:

Students must apply to the clinical law program. Students must reapply for each semester that they wish to practice in the clinic.

Learn more about participating in the clinical law program.

Individual Clinics

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Business Law

Business Law

In most cases, students will have an opportunity to work with start-up and development-stage enterprises that are being incubated at the Sirti Foundation and other regional economic development agencies, including Gonzaga’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

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Elder Law

Elder Law

Participating students have the opportunity to represent low-income elderly clients in a variety of legal areas affecting the elderly.

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Environmental Law and Land Use

Environmental Law and Land Use

The Gonzaga Environmental Law and Land Use Clinic provides legal representation to not-for-profit environmental programs in the Inland Northwest, with a focus on representing the Spokane Riverkeeper and other area Keeper programs.

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Federal Tax Law

Federal Tax Law

The Federal Tax Clinic course offers students an exciting opportunity to become engaged in federal tax controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court.

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General Practice Law

General Practice Law

With guidance and supervision, students will represent clients in various cases, which may include family law, children’s rights, consumer law, tribal law, prisoners’ rights, public entitlements, housing, estate planning, surrogate decision making, and health care. In addition to working on cases, students will meet two hours per week to learn and reflect on ethical issues, procedural law, substantive law, and skills.

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Indian Law

Indian Law

The Indian Law Clinic has a contract with the Kalispel Tribe to provide civil and misdemeanor criminal services to Kalispel members.

Contact Us

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721 N. Cincinnati St.
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 313-5791