Students in this clinic will be placed with one of Connecticut's legal services programs where, under attorney supervision, they will work on cases on behalf of low-income persons. Students will engage in advocacy relating to clients' problems in matters involving housing, government benefits, employment, family and other issues. Students will have opportunities to participate in a range of case activities including client interviewing, factual investigation, legal research and, in some cases, representation at hearings.
The credits for the fall semester are two (2) graded and two (2) ungraded. The credits for the second semester (the spring semester) are one (1) graded and two (2) ungraded.
A minimum of eighty-four (84) hours of fieldwork in the fall semester and one hundred and sixty-eight (168) in the spring semester is required. For the first eight (8) weeks of the fall semester, a twice weekly classroom seminar will include training in relevant areas of law; discussion and exercises concerning core skills such as client interviewing, case planning and hearing advocacy; and discussion of issues in poverty law and policy. The fieldwork will begin in week 8 of the fall semester. During the second half of the fall semester, in addition to performing, on average, six (6) hours per week of fieldwork, the student attorneys will meet weekly in large and small groups and individually with the faculty supervisor to discuss the fieldwork experience and obtain feedback on written work. In the spring semester students will meet bi-weekly with the faculty supervisor, and will do fieldwork on average twelve (12) hours per week for each week of the spring semester. Concurrent enrollment in the fieldwork component is required.