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LAW 0795: Advanced Clinical Intensive: Community Lawyering Temple Legal Aid Office
Fall 2019 • Section F21 • CRN 27723

Course Description

Taken along with or after having completed Law 785 (or Law 765), students have a more comprehensive clinical experience by doing an additional project or more in-depth client work to supplement the clinical work of Law 785. Projects are picked before the end of the first week of the semester. Projects can include any of the following: 1. Writing portfolio: Students draft several types of documents that are usual in law practices, which are likely to include different types of legal briefs and memos, a will, power of attorney, advance directive and other documents that are appropriate to client work. In appropriate cases, students will present these works to other students; 2. Legal intake/site development: Students staff intake at a site at which the office already has an intake arrangement or develop their own intake site with the instructor's help. Students then work with clients there to determine their legal issues and advise or represent them. Students write a paper describing an aspect of their work, such as the value of different legal service delivery systems or an aspect of legal practice that they are encountering regularly; 3. Student developed projects: Students with particular interests can develop their own project with the instructor, if the instructor feels that it is likely to be productive. This could include students who have previously taken Law 765 expanding on representation in a certain type of case or students developing an expertise in a certain area of law related to the office's work but not handled by the office.Note: This is a letter graded clinical. This clinical can be combined in one semester with Law 785 Community Lawyering: Temple Legal Aid Office to allow for a total of 6 credit hours, or it can be taken in a semester subsequent to taking Law 785 (or Law 765).Certification is not required under Rules 321 and 322 of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court but students may be able to take on special assignments if they are certified.


Schedule

Schedule To Be Announced

Additional Time Requirements

8-10 hours per week. Classroom Component: There is no classroom component beyond what is taken or was taken in Law 785.

Course Details

Instructor
  • Spencer Rand
Credit Hours

3 Credits

Seats/Capacity

10

Course Type
  • Internal Clinic
Course Modality

Clinical

Fulfills J.D. Requirement
  • Experiential/Professional Skills

Registration Info

Concurrent Pre-Requisites

The following courses must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course:

  • LAW 0785 (Community Lawyering Clinic: Temple Legal Aid Office)

Recommendations

Most litigation experiences are before administrative law judges and do not require certification. You can take this class if you are not certified. However, if you would like the opportunity to represent a client in state court if it arises, state court certification is required. Such certification requires having taken Law 540 Evidence (Grade C or better) and either Law 460 Trial Advocacy 1 or Law 558 Introduction to Trial Advocacy.

Book List/Materials

No book purchases are required or recommended for this course.