Legal Service Clinics thrive at Charlotte School of Law
Through the cases, students learn to be creative, within ethical bounds, to embrace different models of advocacy to advance the particular cause or client's interest for which they are working. By doing so students begin to acquire many of the skills which make good advocates, including teamwork, creativity, research, writing, brainstorming, networking, task assignment, and time management. In counseling clients, students are forced to confront and evaluate the varied ethical issues associated with the practice of law and to ultimately exercise professional judgment about the best solution for their client.
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Direct representation clinics enable students to take what they learned in the classroom and apply that knowledge in helping people with real legal problems. Students will develop not only an understanding of substantive law, but also an appreciation for what it means to have a real client and to advocate effectively for that client.
Access to Justice: Human Rights Practitioner Clinic [A2J]
The Access to Justice: Human Rights Practitioner Clinic will introduce students to the ins and outs of being an immigration attorney through a combination of lectures, practical skills exercises and experience through the representation of non-citizens before different government agencies and trier of facts.
Appellate Practitioner Clinic [APP]
Students get the opportunity to gain practical experience in the appellate setting in the immigration system. Although the skills gained in this clinic are useful for winning and posturing cases of all stages at litigation, students primarily gain experience through assisting clients in navigating through a variety of post-trial options, including relief from deportation during the pendency of an appeal.
Community Economic Development Clinic [CED]
Charlotte School of Law's Community Economic Development Clinic teaches students to utilize transactional legal skills to promote community revitalization.
Criminal Justice Clinic [CJC]
The Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC) is designed to introduce students to the substantive study of criminal law and procedure through the direct representation of indigent clients charged with misdemeanor criminal offenses. Students will be responsible for all aspects of representing clients in the District Court of Mecklenburg County located in uptown Charlotte.
Domestic Violence Law Clinic [DVC]
Through the Charlotte School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic, law students are given the opportunity to participate in a civil court domestic violence experience in Mecklenburg County. Students will be responsible for all aspects of representing clients and causes in various civil contexts under the attorney's supervision.
Entrepreneurship Clinic [ENT]
The Entrepreneurship Clinic at Charlotte School of Law is a student-based program designed to assist mom and pop start-up companies with legal advice and advocacy to launch a business.
Family Advocacy Clinic [FAC]
In North Carolina, indigent parents who have lost custody of their children due to allegations of abuse, neglect or dependency are entitled to free legal advice, advocacy and legal representation by appointed counsel.
Homelessness Prevention Clinic [HPC]
The HPC will advance Charlotte School of Law's public service mission pillar by representing low-income tenants in Mecklenburg County both in court and through providing legal advice in order to avoid evictions, for which there is an overwhelming need.
Immigration Law Clinic [IMM]
The Charlotte School of Law has several immigration law projects, including the expansive Immigration Law Clinic where students learn practice readiness through direct representation, community education and advocacy efforts.
Prosecution Clinic [PROS]
The Prosecution Clinic allows students to get an inside look at what a prosecutor does on a daily basis. The ultimate goal of the clinic is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the role prosecutors play in the criminal process. Students have the opportunity to handle misdemeanor and felony cases from pre-arrest to post-adjudication with cases provided by the Cabarrus County District Attorney's Office. Throughout the semester, students will seek justice by advocating for victims, working with law enforcement officers, negotiating with defense attorneys and adjudicating cases before district and superior court judges.
Tax Controversy Clinic [TCC]
Students represent low-income taxpayers in their disputes with the IRS in partnership with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.
Wills Practitioner Clinic Clinic [WPC]
The Wills Practitioner Clinic helps older residents of Mecklenburg County obtain estate planning documents. Charlotte School of Law students create wills, living wills, power of attorneys, and health care power of attorneys for residents 60 and over. The Clinic students work with low-income households as well as make presentations on estate planning to senior citizen groups. Students are able to serve the community while learning practical lawyering skills in the process.