United States Attorney’s Clinic

Students assist in investigating and litigating civil rights and other matters in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut. In the clinic seminar, students receive instruction on topics including: official misconduct; educational access; human trafficking; hate crimes; rights of persons with disabilities, institutionalized persons, service members and veterans; and federal investigation techniques and procedure.

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

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.