Students who wish to appear in court must be certified under Arizona Rule 38(d). Requirements include three semesters of law school, Evidence, and Legal Profession. NOTE: Legal Profession can be taken concurrently with the clinic.
Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Pre-trial Litigation
The Veteran’s Advocacy Law Clinic is a hybrid, multidisciplinary legal clinic. By hybrid, we mean that some of the legal work will be supervised in house and some by volunteer attorneys. The course will be co-taught by Paul Bennett, Clinical Professor and a new program coordinator who has not yet been selected. By multi-disciplinary, we mean that you will work in conjunction with social work students from the ASU School of Social Work and social workers from the Veteran's Administration.
In the Clinic, Law students will perform two types of legal work:
1. They will assist military veterans in the Veteran’s Courts of both the Regional Veteran’s Court and the Pima County Justice Court.
2. They will represent veterans with other legal issues including family matters, benefit applications, and civil cases referred to the Clinic by the Courts.
Law students will have direct contact with clients and will be the primary decision makers in their cases. Preference will be given to military veterans. However, prior military service is not a requirement. Please contact Paul Bennett if you are a military veteran and wish to participate
To be provided in digital form with no cost to students
Weekly seminar plus field work and courtroom work. Student will be expected to be at the Regional Veteran's Court every other Wednesday in either a morning shift from 9-11:30a.m. or an afternoon shift from 1-4 p.m.
As needed for court cases. Students will be asked to keep a bi-weekly journal and to perform a self-evaluation twice during the semester.
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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
Grading: Two credit students will be ungraded unless they receive specific permission from the instructor. Four credit students will be graded without a curve