Application opens at 1pm on 2/29/24 after the In-House Clinic Open House in K1B. The deadline for applications for in-house clinics for Fall 2024 is Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. See below for detailed descriptions of our in-house clinic opportunities.

Access to Justice Clinic

(Not offered in Fall 2024)

The Access to Justice Clinic focuses on how to expand legal help to the large number of people who are unrepresented in matters of basic need (such as housing, family law, immigration status, debt, access to benefits, and more). The clinic is currently placing particular emphasis on ways in which new and emerging technologies impact this “justice gap,” both for better and for worse, and ways in which legal advocacy can address technology-related harms.

The seminar portion of the clinic will begin with an overview of the justice gap as experienced by poor people, people of color, people with disabilities, and other disadvantaged groups. We will then move to a more specific focus on technological innovations that are reshaping governmental programs and judicial systems, such as the growing use of online forms, digital information systems, governmental databases, and virtual hearings and dispute-resolution processes. We will examine the promise and the risks posed by these new tools, as well as current “data justice” work by a wide range of actors, ranging from community leaders and non-lawyer professionals to transnational litigation networks and human rights defenders. (“Data justice” is a broad label for an emerging legal agenda that seeks to ensure that new data-driven tools promote justice and do not cause “data harms.”) 

In the project portion, students will work collaboratively on a problem of data justice in greater depth, in partnership with an external organization. The focus will be on systemic issues and solutions rather than on individual representation. Students will gain skills and experience in collaborating with lawyers and community leaders; in developing support for novel legal claims to redress technology-related harms; and in building an evidentiary case for such claims, including the preparation for and drafting of expert witness statements. The Clinic is a 4-credit graded course and is taught by Prof. Laura Bingham and Prof. Len Rieser.

Community Lawyering Clinic

In the Community Lawyering Clinic and related Advanced Clinical Intensive, students are placed in the primary lawyer role for individuals in litigation and transactional matters.  Our present client base includes people with severe illnesses, like cancer and HIV, and people with severe disabilities.  Our most common representation is in administrative hearings in public benefits cases and with simple estate planning, like wills and living wills.  Students work with clients both in the Temple Legal Aid Office and at community medical and social service centers throughout the city.  In the fall semester, the class is paired with a serial writing class, Poverty Law (Law 1041), which allows students to learn about poverty law issues from a theoretical context while practicing poverty law in the clinic.  Registration for Poverty Law is handled separately. The Community Lawyering Clinic is a 4-credit clinic taught by Prof. Spencer Rand. Students can add the advanced clinic for 3 graded credits, either in the same semester or in a later semester.

Family Law Litigation Clinic

The Family Law Litigation Clinic provides direct legal representation to low-income litigants in child custody, child and spousal support, adoption and other family law matters. Under the supervision of the Clinical Professor, clinic students handle all aspects of clients’ cases, including intake interviews, case selection, development of case plans, drafting of pleadings, counseling of clients, negotiation with opposing counsel or parties, development of trial strategy, trial preparation and court appearances. The Family Law Litigation Clinic is ideal for students who are interested in gaining more direct individual client experience and in-court trial advocacy experience. The Family Law Litigation Clinic is a 4-credit clinic, consisting of a 2-credit pass/fail clinic and a 2-credit graded seminar, and is taught by Prof. Sarah Katz.

Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic

Students who participate in this Clinic will work on appeals pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, providing pro bono representation to appellants in immigration appeals, habeas corpus proceedings, prisoner litigation, or similar matters as appointed by the Court.  The Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic has partnered with a Philadelphia-based law firm, The Tucker Law Group, which will supervise the appeals.  Students will also work under the supervision of the Clinic professor. A team of three students will be assigned to each appeal.  Only 3L and 4LE students are eligible to participate in the Clinic. The Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic is offered in the Fall semester and is a 4-credit clinic, consisting of a 2-credit pass/fail clinic and a 2-credit graded seminar. Because these appeals typically remain pending for the entire academic year, students who participate in the Fall clinic will be encouraged to take the Advanced Clinic Intensive in the Spring, which is a graded, three-credit clinic without a classroom component.  The Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic is supervised by Professor Mary E. Levy.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides free legal representation to qualifying taxpayers who have federal tax controversies. Students and attorney volunteers, working under the supervision of the Professor Omeed Firouzi, represent low income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court in audits, appeals, collections and federal tax litigation. 

Students enrolled in the clinic (4 credits, graded) learn substantive and procedural tax law, case management, and lawyering skills. Students also give presentations to community groups and nonprofit organizations to help taxpayers know their rights and responsibilities. Additionally, students may have an opportunity to participate in special projects such as filing amicus briefs or submitting comments on proposed regulation or other administrative guidance. 

During the clinic portion of the course, students serve as the primary advocates for their clients and have direct responsibility for their cases. Case work includes extensive client contact. Students will conduct factual investigations and research legal issues to develop, present, and argue cases on behalf of vulnerable taxpayers who would otherwise not have access to justice. The clinic experience teaches lawyering skills applicable across numerous practice areas. Students are encouraged to enroll whether they have an existing interest in tax or simply seek an immersive law practice experience. LITC students play a crucial role in ensuring a fair tax system for low income individuals and those with limited English proficiency who speak English as a second language. Students’ work is impactful and sometimes life changing.

Social Justice Lawyering Clinic

In the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic, students engage in: (1) representing a low-income client in a civil legal case affecting the client’s economic security (e.g., employment, housing, consumer debt); and (2) collaborating with a community-based organization, legal nonprofit, or coalition on a systemic advocacy project. Such systemic advocacy projects might involve engaging in community education, authoring policy briefs and white papers, or participating in legislative advocacy. Most systemic advocacy projects have focused on immigrant and worker rights, although they can involve other economic justice and civil rights issues confronting underserved communities in Philadelphia. The Social Justice Lawyering Clinic provides students with the opportunity to engage in multifaceted lawyering required for today’s social justice lawyers. The Clinic is a 2-credit graded seminar plus a 4-credit pass/fail clinic, and is taught by Prof. Jennifer Lee and Prof. Len Rieser.

Systemic Justice Clinic

In the Systemic Justice Clinic, students will work with community groups and public interest legal organizations on one of the most pressing concerns in civil rights today – that almost any interaction with the mechanisms of the criminal legal system can result in a lifelong deprivation of a person’s rights, and that these interactions and resultant deprivations fall disproportionately upon racial minorities and the poor. Projects will include policy campaigns and legislative advocacy around collateral consequences such as barriers to employment, education, housing, and public benefits; civil disabilities; and fines and fees associated with private contractors. Students may also have the opportunity to work on criminal justice reform, policing, and inmates’ rights issues, and to engage in community education projects. The Systemic Justice Clinic is a 2-credit graded seminar plus a 3 credit pass/fail clinic, and is taught by Prof. Shanda Sibley.

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