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Community Lawyering Clinic

Community Lawyering Clinic

The Community Lawyering Clinic offers students a hands-on training working with real clients in need of legal services, referrals and other forms of advocacy in Drexel's neighboring communities.

Community Collaboration

Housed at Drexel's Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the clinic will empower students to be community lawyers, leaders, advocates, policy analysts, and organizers, while at the same time benefitting Drexel's neighbors in Mantua and Powelton Village.

The clinic will offer:

  • referrals and direct representation in matters involving family, criminal, property and other legal areas affecting the community.
  • financial literacy training
  • pro bono programs and workshops
  • research on community-wide legal issues

Professor Rachel Lopez

Rachel E. Lopez

Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic

Professor Rachel López’s scholarship primarily focuses on methods of accountability for human rights violations and reforms to transitional justice mechanisms.  She has supervised law students on a wide range of cases, including immigration, human rights, death penalty, prisoners’ rights, family law, and civil rights cases, in both domestic and international forums. Notably, she has represented victims of state-sanctioned massacres in Grand Ravine, Haiti and co-authored a human rights report on medical repatriation, the extrajudicial deportation of sick and critically injured immigrants by U.S. hospitals.


Phone: 215.571.4704

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