Course - Law
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Prerequisites:

Students need to be certified under Arizona Supreme Court rule 38(d). Requirements include three semesters of law school, Evidence, and Legal Profession. NOTE: Legal Profession can be taken concurrently with the clinic.

 
Recommended Courses:

Trial Advocacy, Family Law, Criminal Law/Procedure, Immigration, Interviewing, Pre-trial Litigation, and Persuasive Communication.

 
Overview

The Child and Family Law Clinic is a working law office in which law students are the lawyers. Under the supervision of Clinic faculty, students perform all aspects of representation for our clients. Students will gain hands on experience litigating family law cases and representing both children and adult clients in the Pima County Juvenile and Family Courts.

The Child and Family Clinic has five main goals:
 
(1) Enhancing Lawyering Skills. Through practical experience in the field and in classroom simulations, we want you to develop your lawyering skills and learn a little about the law.
(2) Learning how to learn from experience. In addition to cultivating lawyering skills, we want you to begin to master the lifelong skill of learning from experience -- not only about being a lawyer, but also about yourselves.
(3) Developing good lawyer judgment. In the process of (1) and (2) and drawing on what you have learned in all your other classes, we hope that your sense of lawyer judgment will develop and mature. By a lawyer judgment, we mean making the kinds of decisions -- both practical and ethical -- that lawyers are called upon to make regardless of their practice area.
(4) Working in a multi-disciplinary setting with social work interns and Spanish language translators.

(5) Delivering high quality legal services. Finally, we expect the Child and Family Clinic to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients. Our clients deserve nothing less.

 

 
Materials

The Child and Family Law Clinic Manual and workbook available in digital form at no cost.

 
Course Format

We meet once a week for two hours. Students will also have office hours, interviews, field work and court appearances as scheduled. Students should expect meetings with clients and potential clients outside of normal class time.

 
Written Assignments

Pleadings, motions, discovery, attorney work product memorandum, professional correspondence. Students will be asked to keep a bi-weekly journal and to perform a self-evaluation twice during the semester.

 
Type of Exam

No exam.

 
Basis for grading

This is a graded course. However, there is no grading curve. Students will be graded on a variety of specific criteria related to their initiative and performance in representing their clients as well as in classroom performance.

 
Additional Comments

Students need to be available for client interviews that are scheduled on Tuesday evenings 5:30 to 8:00 p.m at least several times during the semester.

 

 

 

 

This course satisfies the Professional Skills curricular requirement.

 

 
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