Clinics are a crucial element in the development of important and fundamental legal skills and in the formation of a professional identity. Graduates consistently consider clinical courses to be their most rewarding and valuable experiences in law school. We were one of the first law schools in the country to launch a clinical program. We opened up to the community more than 50 years ago, a long history that demonstrates our commitment to clients, representation of the highest quality and excellence in education. Our clinic is a law firm within the Faculty of Law and is staffed by faculty members who have years of practical experience themselves. They represent clients and groups of clients who cannot afford to pay for their own lawyers. Our clinic handles hundreds of cases per year for a total of approximately 24,000 hours of pro bono legal work. LASC coordinates a short-term volunteer counselling clinic at the Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Stand Down takes place every October and provides holistic assistance to at-risk veterans. All our students work to solve the real problems of the client. And depending on the clinic or internship you`re taking, your experience may include writing briefs, advocating before a court or appellate court, or presenting to boards or organizations.
Average number of hours per clinic: 1 to 3 attendance depending on the lawyer`s preference Limited commitment Ideal only for: transactional and government lawyers; Lawyers who cannot devote time to fully represent the case Online training and toolkits for lawyers COVID protocols available: All clinics are virtual for the foreseeable future; No face-to-face contact required In collaboration with local courts and offices, employment and family services, child support enforcement agencies, and The Ohio BMV, Legal Aid will offer specialized clinics focused on licensing. Information on the 2021 clinics will be provided upon request. Legal Aid sponsors monthly counselling clinics. Volunteer lawyers meet with individuals to analyze issues, identify community resources and provide legal advice on a variety of topics. Co-sponsors (and locations where in-person clinics resume) include churches, employment and family services, public libraries, community centres, VA facilities, and courts. Evening and daytime options are available. Note: Personal clinics are currently suspended due to COVID restrictions. In partnership with the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio, Legal Aid sponsors evening clinics in seniors` residences to help clients draft wills and living wills.
COVID Registries: Naturalized clients will be referred 1:1 for remote assistance until in-person clinics resume. Students work in interdisciplinary configurations to provide free legal representation and referrals to social services to individuals identified as survivors of human trafficking and/or at high risk of human trafficking. General areas of legal representation through the clinic include civil matters such as debt waiver, debt negotiation, driver`s license reinstatement, default negotiations for student loans, landlord/tenant issues, asylum visa and human trafficking applications, name changes, and protection orders. Students at the clinic work closely with faculty who provide expertise in the theory and practice of a particular area of law and help students gain hands-on legal experience. Students enjoy an average ratio of one faculty member to eight students and offer a level of learning that is only possible through close supervision and collaboration. Students represent start-ups and entrepreneurs to develop and cultivate real intellectual assets, while applying the skills acquired in corporate law and securities. IP Venture Clinic develops a platform to cultivate and apply the legal skills needed to help clients bring new technologies to market. Particular emphasis is placed on commercialization, intellectual property transactions, venture capital financing and design, and innovation. Recently, Case Western Reserve University`s School of Law`s Community Development Clinic decided to dedicate more of its legal services to nonprofits and social enterprises in neighborhoods close to the university campus. With origins dating back to 1935, Ohio State was one of the early pioneers of clinical legal education. College faculty members have long recognized that problem-solving, evidence-based investigation, counselling, negotiation, mediation, transactional, litigation and litigation skills are best learned by combining legal practice with classroom training.
In the clinical courses of the college, J.D. Students represent diverse clients and perform extensive legal work, accompanied by intensive academic classroom experience. To access the Legal Clinic, your income must be less than 300% of the federal poverty line. Students represent individuals who face legal barriers because of their criminal record. The clinic`s cases lie at the intersection of the civil and criminal justice systems, addressing issues related to mass incarceration, prisoner reintegration, and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Students can expect to handle cases in a variety of legal contexts, including state courts and administrative bodies, and can participate in political advocacy activities. Through direct legal services, training, and systemic advocacy, students address civil law needs that can have a profound impact on health, including social and environmental factors such as income, access to health care, access to services, access to housing, housing conditions, access to healthy food, education, job stability and personal security. In recent years, students have appeared before administrative and civil tribunals where children and adults are represented in a variety of cases, including name changes, benefit claims, guardianship cases, eviction and housing conditions, asylum cases, and access to and payment of health care. Our clientele includes victims of human trafficking, members of the LGBT+ community, people with mental health and/or addiction issues, refugees and veterans.