McGeorge Legal Clinics
Our commitment to experiential learning opportunities for students is woven into our culture. In addition to training tomorrow's legal advocates, our pioneering legal clinics deliver quality pro bono representation to underserved community members. Our students routinely earn impressive victories on behalf of their clients.
Our clinic students are enriched both academically and personally by helping community members navigate a variety of legal challenges. Students learn to apply legal theory to practice, develop professional lawyering skills, and perhaps most importantly, become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.
Our on-campus clinics (Immigration Law, Elder and Health Law, and Bankruptcy), referred to collectively as "Community Legal Services (CLS)" have been serving our community since 1964. Students are placed in the role of an attorney in a law office setting serving low-income clients. Students take major responsibility for real cases under careful faculty supervision, deal with the particular issues in the pending cases, and then use those real-life experiences to discuss in an academic setting the issues that lawyers face in their legal careers.
We have established innovative hybrid clinics, each with an important community partner where students do much of their work off-campus. We have one of only two Federal Defender Clinics in the country where our students handle bench and jury trials in federal court. Students in the Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic mediate civil rights claims filed in Federal Court. It was awarded the Ninth Circuit ADR Award in recognition of its impact in resolving 1983 Civil Rights Act claims.
Legislative and Public Policy Clinic students gain practical experience in researching, drafting and pursuing adoption of California state legislative and regulatory proposals. Students identify the need of a state law change, analyzing the deficiencies in current law and practice, drafting proposed statues or regulations, refining the proposals to reflect public affairs and political realities, crafting a strategy for effectuating change, and pursuing adoption of their final proposals in the California Legislature or an administrative agency.
Students in the Small Business Law Clinic gain practical experience in client interviewing, researching, case management, document preparation, and other skills necessary to represent the legal needs of small businesses in transactional matters. Attorneys in the downtown law firm of Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler supervise the clinic, where most of the client work is performed. Students are integrated into an active, private law firm environment.
The Administrative Adjudication Clinic gives students a comprehensive overview of the administrative process through classes and simulated hearings. Students are then assigned to an administrative agency to participate as an actual decision-maker.
Message From The Dean
"Legal Clinics have been a hallmark of McGeorge for over 40 years. We have a broad array of clinical programs to meet our students' learning needs and serve our community's legal needs. Clinical experience is one of the ways that our school shows its commitment to public service and real-world work experiences for our students. We teach what can best be learned through experience: creative problem solving and skilled advocating for clients.
Our faculty, who provide supervision and mentoring to clinic students, are experienced practitioners and talented teachers. Through their leadership, scholarship, and commitment to the community, our students have access to rich experiential learning opportunities as they prepare to be self-sufficient legal practitioners." — Francis J. Mootz III, Dean and Professor of Law
- Read the Spring 2016 Legal Clinics Newsletter (pdf)
- Read the Spring 2015 Legal Clinics Newsletter (pdf)
- Legal Clinics' Facebook page
Legal Clinic Offerings
For the 2016-2017 academic year, McGeorge offers eight specialized legal clinics:
- Administrative Adjudication Clinic — offered in the Spring
- Bankruptcy Clinic — offered in both Fall & Spring (option to do both)
- Elder and Health Law Clinic — offered in both Fall & Spring (option to do both)
- Federal Defender Clinic — a year-long clinic
- Immigration Law Clinic — offered in both Fall & Spring (option to do both)
- Legislative and Public Policy Clinic — a year-long clinic
- Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic — offered in both Fall & Spring (option to do both)
- Small Business Law Clinic — offered in the Spring
The Clinic Recruitment Fair will be held in the Student Center on March 29 and March 30, 2016 for the 2016-2017 clinics. You can get more information about each clinic and the application process.
Applications must be filed by May 31, 2016 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Late Applications will be accepted only if there is space available.