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.
All students will interview and counsel clients, research the legal basis for clients’ claims, investigate the factual basis for clients’ claims, develop a theory of each case, develop a strategic approach to each case, manage case information, and write advice letters to their clients.
Depending on specific case posture, students may draft legal documents, represent their clients in administrative hearings, engage in written discovery, conduct depositions, appear in court for uncontested and contested motion hearings, negotiate with opposing attorneys or parties, represent their clients in mediation or arbitration, prepare for trial, represent their clients at trial, write appellate briefs, or make appellate arguments. Please note that representing clients in court requires limited admission to the Washington State Bar Association under the student practice rule. The student practice rule requires, among other things, completion of 60 credits of law study.
On completion of the class, students will have demonstrated:
- critical awareness of how poverty affects legal rights and access to justice
- the ability to engage in independent study and systematic inquiry into the rights and remedies implicated in our clients’ situations
- basic understanding of the substantive and procedural law necessary to competently represent their clients
- the ability to critically evaluate case theory and strategy
- the ability to handle uncertainty and ambiguity in relation to their clients’ cases
- the ability to interview and advise clients
- the ability to explain their cases succinctly and persuasively
- the ability to communicate complex and abstract ideas both orally and in writing in a coherent structured fashion in clear and direct English
- the independent learning ability required for continuing academic and professional development
- the ability to assess and reconcile ethical issues
Details of the Clinic
Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed:
- Professional Responsibility
6 credits for students who have completed 60 credits of law study
3 credits for students who have completed 30 credits of law study
For 6-credit students: 60 credits of law study completed, including Evidence and Professional Responsibility.
For 3-credit students: 30 credits of law study completed, with preference given to students who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in Professional Responsibility and Evidence
Time Commitment: 60 semester hours per credit
Spring & Fall
3 credit students: 12 hours/week average
6 credit students: 24 hours/week average
3 credit students: 18 hours/week average
6 credit students: 36 hours/week average