Students at the School of Law can gain firsthand experience representing clients through criminal and civil litigation field clinics while earning academic credit.
Students who have been certified as legal interns represent clients in court and administrative hearings through the field clinics, which have been developed in partnership with premiere legal organizations in Philadelphia.
The Civil Litigation Field Clinic, which operates in tandem with the Family Law Unit of Philadelphia Legal Assistance, allows students to engage in a broad array of activities, including representing victims of family violence in protection from abuse and custody matters. Students handle a case from the initial intake through representation and will act as the clients lead counsel.
The Criminal Litigation Field Clinic, which operates in partnership with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, allows students opportunities to represent clients in preliminary hearings on felonies and to argue legal motions and try misdemeanor cases in municipal court.
The year-long program expands opportunities for hands-on legal training at the law school, giving students an authentic experience to act as attorneys, representing individuals and entities in the community, standing up in court and other legal proceedings.
Students involved in the field clinics also take a Justice Lawyering Seminar in the fall and spring semesters that examines the ways in which the legal system can and should promote equality and fairness for individuals and groups within the broader community. Students conduct research on a topic of their choice related to social or environmental justice.