Students enrolling in a clinic represent clients and practice law under the supervision of law school faculty. To encourage development as competent, professional and thoughtful lawyers, the clinics include close supervision and rigorous feedback and critique. The student to faculty ratio in our clinics is 10:1.
Students practice in a range of settings, from city, state, and federal courts, to proceedings before the IRS and arbitration panels. They also assist community organizations in securing nonprofit corporation status and in addressing a range of other legal issues, and often conduct community education programs.
- Lawyering skills
- Substantive Law
- Professional Responsibility
- Law Practice Management
BANKRUPTCY LAW: Student attorneys represent indigent individuals in need of bankruptcy protection, practicing in front of the Bankruptcy Court. Learn more.
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND FAMILY LAW: Student attorneys represent families and children in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies and engage in non-litigation legal advocacy and educational outreach. Student attorneys provide legal assistance in the areas of custody and visitation issues, child and spousal support, domestic violence, matrimonial matters, general and special education issues and other children’s rights issues. Learn more.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LAW: One of the oldest Community Development Law Clinics in the nation, having been the second such clinic when established in 1988. Student attorneys represent community organizations improving disinvested neighborhoods and for-profit start-up businesses for low income people. The only transactional law clinic, the student attorneys practice corporate law, tax law, intellectual property law, and real estate law. The systemic problems of poverty are explored and approaches to lawyering considered with a focus on social and economic justice. Learn more.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Student attorneys defend clients in Syracuse City Court. Recently, student attorneys have also filed a petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court and have submitted an Amicus Curiae brief to the Court. The student attorneys have worked on a Presidential Pardon and have filed a motion for post-conviction relief for a client threatened with deportation. Learn more.
DISABILITY RIGHTS: Student attorneys represent individuals with disabilities who are denied their rights because of their disability. DRC student attorneys practice in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a broad range of disability matters, including employment, access to government services and places of public accommodation, and prisoner rights. The Disability Rights Clinic is taught by a faculty member who is deaf, one of the few deaf law professors in the country. Learn more.
ELDER LAW: Student attorneys engage in a general practice on behalf of the elderly. Areas of practice typically include health insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance), access to medical care, advance directives, social security issues, consumer law, housing law, and more. Student attorneys have substantial opportunities to interview and counsel clients, conduct fact investigations, grapple with thorny ethical issues unique to elderly clients, and advocate for clients in a variety of settings, including administrative proceedings. Learn more.
LOW INCOME TAXPAYER: Student attorneys offer legal assistance to lower-income taxpayers who have controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. The controversies may include collection, examination and appeals matters. Student attorneys represent clients in administrative proceedings before the I.R.S. and in judicial proceedings before the United States Tax Court or Federal District Courts. The LITC students have recovered almost $1,000,000 for their clients over the course of their representation. Learn more.
SECURITIES ARBITRATION AND CONSUMER LAW: Student attorneys assist small investors and other consumers with problems in the financial and consumer markets. Whether against Wall Street or Wal-Mart, student attorneys fight fraud and other improper conduct on the part of stockbrokers, used car sales people, and unscrupulous sellers. The student attorneys have recovered almost $500,000 in awards to clients or debt reduction for clients. Learn more.
VETERANS LAW: Student attorneys assist veterans and their families who are seeking benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) or upgrading military discharges through various military branches. Students will engage in fact investigation, draft briefs, and may have the opportunity to orally advocate for clients. Learn more.