Partnership Clinics: Information for Students

Child Advocacy Clinic

Students will also assist on CCA’s ongoing impact litigation, and engage in state-level legislative advocacy, as such opportunities arise. Students may assist with CCA’s mobile office, visiting community locations to help youth with legal rights issues.

Legal research and writing will be assigned as needed for the cases and projects. Readings and class discussion will cover substantive law issues, as well as the trial skills necessary to advocate effectively for children and youth. Attendance at various community and state task force meetings will be expected.

Faculty Stacy Schleif
Semesters Offered Fall and spring
Credits 4 (graded)
Class Meets Th 2:00-4:00 (fall)
Prerequisites None

Elder Law Clinic

This clinic is designed to accommodate the schedules of evening students who work full-time or have other full-time daytime responsibilities. Students interview, counsel and draft advance-planning documents for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, under the supervision of an experienced elder-law attorney.

The clinic seminar meets in the evening and all fieldwork takes place on evenings or weekends. Evening Division students will be given enrollment priority.

Faculty Michael Darby
Semesters Offered Fall only
Credits 3 (graded)
Class Meets M 6:30-9:15
Prerequisites None, although some background in elder law, disability law, and/or a related field is encouraged

Environmental Law Clinic

Students work directly with Save the Sound attorneys on climate change, clean water and open space matters pending before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and the state legislature. An on-site, bi-weekly (every two weeks) seminar class taught by Save the Sound Senior Legal Counsel will focus on Connecticut environmental law and advocacy. This clinic requires a minimum of 10 fieldwork hours per week, 8 of which must occur on-site at the Save the Sound New Haven office. This is a one semester clinic, but students have the opportunity to continue their work in subsequent semesters through Advanced Fieldwork.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound

Phone: (203) 787-0646
Faculty Stacy Schleif
Semesters Offered Fall and spring
Credits 4 (graded)
Class Meets Th 2:00-4:00 (fall)
Prerequisites None

Transactional Clinic

Under the supervision of CULI faculty/attorneys, students review and draft contracts and other documents, negotiate, conduct real estate closings, and assist in compliance and other legal matters. Students interact frequently with CULI attorneys and their clients, help assess client needs, and support CULI attorneys in providing clients with legal assistance. The classroom component involves a weekly two-hour seminar in which CULI attorneys/faculty provide the theoretical and practical foundation necessary to perform effectively in CULI's areas of expertise. Seminars include how to apply various state and federal statutes to actual client matters, how to perform a title search and real estate closing, and guest lectures. This is a one semester clinic, but students may continue their work through Advanced Fieldwork.

Faculty Barbara McGrath
Semesters Offered Fall and spring
Credits 4 (graded)
Class Meets W 2:00-4:00
Prerequisites None

United States Attorney’s Clinic

Fieldwork is performed under supervision of Assistant United States Attorneys, investigators, and paralegals, and consists of investigation, evidence gathering, pleading drafting, hearing preparation, attendance at court hearings, legal research, litigation strategy, and settlement negotiations in federal cases, including civil rights matters as well as other criminal and civil cases.

To participate in this clinic, students must pass a background check. Because that process can take several weeks, students must contact the instructors upon enrolling to initiate their background check or risk being unable to fulfill course requirements. Please be mindful that the background check reviews compliance with federal law, along with other considerations.

Faculty Natalie Elicker, Anastasia King
Semesters Offered Full year strongly preferred (one semester option with instructor permission)
Credits 3 per semester (graded)
Class Meets Th 6:30-9:00 for approx. 7 weeks
Students must be available thereafter on Friday mornings for approximately 1 hour for case rounds.
Prerequisites Evidence or Administrative Law

Veterans Benefit Clinic

In the seminar portion of the clinic, students receive training in the applicable law, client interviewing, and other applicable lawyering skills. Fieldwork consists of reviewing military and medical records, meeting with clients, researching relevant regulations and case law, and drafting initial and appeal briefs for clients. Scheduling permitting, students may appear at and participate in a VA administrative hearing.

The clinic seminar meets in the evening and all fieldwork takes place in the evening. Evening Division students will be given enrollment priority.

Faculty Cinthia Johnson
Semesters Offered Fall only
Credits 4 (graded)
Class Meets M 6:30-9:15
Prerequisites None. Some background in veterans’ law, disability law and/or military law is helpful but not essential.