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About:
The Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic is a 2-semester (full year) experiential course in which third-year law students represent victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in a range of civil and administrative matters with a primary focus on representation in domestic violence protection order, child custody, and related family matters in North Carolina District Court as well as advocacy in Title IX sexual misconduct cases on local college campuses. Students receive 3 pass/fail credits each semester.
 
How Cases are Assigned:
Cases are referred by local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, law enforcement, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and other advocacy programs and non-profit agencies.  Faculty assign cases to students who work in teams of two and consult with each other regularly and during weekly team meetings with their faculty supervisor.  
 
How Cases are Handled:
Students are given as much autonomy as possible in making decisions about their cases. Students collaborate with local advocacy agencies, service providers, and law enforcement, and negotiate with opposing attorneys and pro se adverse parties.  Throughout the year, students have numerous court appearances and are required to prepare for trials, including interviewing witnesses, planning and conducting direct and cross examinations of witnesses, preparing opening statements and closing arguments, and drafting pleadings and legal memoranda on various issues as they arise.
UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106


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