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The Civil Legal Assistance Clinic is a year-long (two semester) clinic in which students represent clients in employment, housing, and other civil rights and economic justice cases. Civil Clinic students also work on related advocacy projects with local and national organizations.

We receive referrals from and collaborate with Legal Aid of North Carolina, the North Carolina Justice Center, Justice United, El Centro Hispano, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Disability Rights North Carolina, the Julius L. Chambers Center for Civil Rights, the North Carolina Office for Administrative Hearings, and other national, statewide, and grassroots partners.

How Cases Are Assigned

Faculty assign cases to third-year law students who work in teams of two or more, depending on the complexity of the case. The faculty members provide close supervision for the students as they work on their cases.

How Cases Are Handled

Students are given as much autonomy as possible in handling their cases. Students work in teams, and each team meets weekly or more with their faculty supervisor. Team members regularly consult with each other on all aspects of their cases.

Students are responsible for all aspects of their clients' cases, including conducting interviews, drafting pleadings and briefs, taking discovery, negotiating with opposing counsel, conducting hearings or trials, and arguing motions and appeals. In larger matters, students may research novel legal theories, draft briefs and supporting materials, engage in strategy sessions with co-counsel, or pursue other aspects of case development as time permits.

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