Students in this clinic assist in the investigation and litigation of civil rights cases in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut.
The clinic includes a weekly seminar and field assignments. In the seminar, students receive instruction on topics including: official misconduct; educational access; human trafficking; hate crimes; housing and lending; language access; religious land protection; rights of the disabled; rights of institutionalized persons; rights of service members and veterans; and voting rights. Classroom instruction also includes segments on statutory interpretation as well as federal investigative techniques and procedures.
In their field assignments, students work under the supervision of Assistant United States Attorneys, investigators, and paralegals on investigation tactics, evidence gathering, pleading drafting, deposition preparation, document review, legal research, litigation strategy, and settlement negotiations in each of the pending civil rights matters to which they are assigned.
This is a year-long clinic, but students may enroll for the fall semester only if they submit all necessary background-check paperwork by the end of July. Students may enroll for the second semester of this course only with the permission of the instructor. 3 graded credits each semester.