Clinical Offerings for Fall 2015

Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Assault Clinic (LAW -) (3 credits)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Limited to 3L’s

Third year students will be certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX and assist survivors of sexual violence, create new services to address the legal needs of survivors, enhance collaboration with medical and criminal justice partners, and develop regional protocols to address sexual assault in the Baton Rouge area. In addition to a weekly class period, students will have to opportunity for two weekends of substantive class training taught by Jessica Mindlin, the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Victim Rights Law Center in Portland, Oregon. The clinic will be housed at STAR’s  (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, Inc.) headquarters on Goodwood Boulevard in Baton Rouge.

Civil Mediation Clinic (LAW 5620) (3 credits)
No prerequisite required
Open to 2L’s & 3L’s

Students are trained to mediate resolution of conflict and assist as mediators in civil cases.  After training, faculty supervise students in mediating cases referred from the Baton Rouge City Court or other sources.  The course covers the basics of negotiation theory, the role of the mediator and fundamental norms of mediation, the skills and process of mediation, and the ethics of mediation.

The course will be taught by Paul W. Breaux, Adjunct Clinical Professor.

Family Law Clinic (LAW 5621 & 6001) (5 credits) (This course is not available in Fall 2015.)

Family Law Course Component (LAW 5621) (2 credits)
Co-requisite: Family Law Clinic Practicum
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Limited to 3L’s

Students receive intensive instruction in the substantive law, procedures and concepts needed to represent clients in family matters including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, community property issues, non-traditional family issues and orders of protection. The seminar prepares students for the live-client representation they will undertake as certified student attorneys in the Family Law Clinic Practicum. The course will prepare students to be effective, knowledgeable, ethical, and professional attorneys. Although the course focuses on family law practice, the lawyering skills are transferable to other practice areas.

Family Law Practicum Component (LAW 6001) (3 credits)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Family Law Course Component
Limited to 3L’s

Student attorneys are certified under Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX to engage in the actual representation of clients in family law and family and dating violence matters. Students primarily represent clients in the East Baton Rouge Family Court but may have the opportunity to represent clients in surrounding parishes. Students receive intensive skills training and close individual supervision by clinic faculty to ensure representation is consistent with best practices. Students make frequent court appearances and gain experience in client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, motions practice, negotiation, trial preparation, trial advocacy, and other work relevant to a family law practice.

Family Mediation Clinic (LAW 6002) (3 credits)
No prerequisite required
Open to 2L’s & 3L’s

This course provides intensive instruction and simulation that prepares students to be capable mediators in family disputes. Although the clinic focuses on mediation in the family context, the skills learned are applicable in other mediation and negotiation contexts. Once trained, students are provided with the opportunity to mediate for real families in crisis and assist with their self-determination of child custody, visitation, support and property. At the conclusion of the course, if students have perfect attendance, they will meet the educational requirements to be Qualified Child Custody and Visitation Mediators pursuant to R.S. 9:334.

The course will be taught by Robert Lancaster. Students will need to free up their schedules on Tuesdays (preferably all day, but at least by 10:00am) so that they can be at the Family Court to mediate cases.

Immigration Clinic (LAW 5623 & 6005) (5 credits)

Immigration Clinic Course Component (LAW 5623) (2 credits)
No prerequisite required
Co-requisite: Immigration Clinic Practicum
Open to 2L’s & 3L’s

Students receive intensive instruction in the substantive law, procedures and concepts needed to represent clients in immigration matters including defensive clients in detention and removal proceedings and related appeals, representation of crime victims and immigrant survivors of domestic violence and representation of asylum seekers both in affirmative and defensive applications for asylum. The course prepares students for the live-client representation they will undertake as student attorneys in the Immigration Clinic Practicum. The course will prepare students to be effective, knowledgeable, ethical, and professional attorneys. Although the course focuses on immigration law practice, the lawyering skills are transferable to other practice areas.

This course will be taught by Professor Lauren Aronson.

Immigration Clinic Practicum (LAW 6005) (3 credits)
No prerequisite required
Open to 2L’s & 3L’s
Co-requisite: Immigration Clinic Course Component

Student attorneys are authorized by federal regulation to engage in the actual representation of clients in immigration matters. Students represent clients before the immigration courts in Oakdale and New Orleans as well as before the immigration agencies that adjudicate claims for immigration benefits. Students receive intensive skills training and close individual supervision by clinic faculty to ensure representation is consistent with best practices. Students make court appearances and gain experience in client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, trial preparation, trial advocacy, and other work relevant to the practice of immigration law.

This course will be taught by Professor Lauren Aronson.

Juvenile Defense Clinic (LAW 5624 & 5858) (5 credits)

Juvenile Defense Clinic Course Component (LAW 5624) (2 credits)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum
Open to 2L’s & 3L’s

Students receive intensive instruction in the substantive law, procedures and concepts needed to defend youth charged with criminal offenses in juvenile court delinquency proceedings in preparation for the live-client representation they will undertake as certified student attorneys in the Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum. This course focuses equally on the constitutional rights and procedural protections held in common with criminally accused adults as well as the unique protections of juvenile court that make juvenile justice a specialized area of law. The course places a heavy emphasis on understanding the ethical duties of expressed interest representation and how those obligations are shaped in the juvenile defense context by the unique characteristics of adolescent development. Students also explore the underlying and often competing interests that shape juvenile justice policy reform efforts.

This course will be taught by Professor Hector Linares and Jack Harrison, Adjunct Professor of Law.

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Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum (LAW 5858) (3 credits)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Juvenile Defense Clinic Course Component
Open to 2L’s & 3L’s

Third year qualifying students are certified under Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX to engage in the actual representation of juvenile defendants in delinquency proceedings before the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court. Second year students cannot be certified, but work on clinic cases under faculty supervision. Students receive intensive skills training and close individual supervision by clinic faculty to ensure representation is consistent with best practices in juvenile defense.  Students make frequent court appearances and gain experience in client interviewing and counseling, factual investigation, motions practice, plea bargaining, trial preparation, trial advocacy, dispositional advocacy and collateral representation.  Students may also have the opportunity to engage in writs and appellate practice.  Students meet as a group on a weekly basis to engage in case conferencing and universalize the learning arising from each individual representation experience.

This course will be taught by Professor Hector Linares and Jack Harrison, Adjunct Professor of Law.

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Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic (Law 5626) (3 credits)
No prerequisite required
Open to 2L’s & 3L’s

Qualified third year students are certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX and provide direct representation to individual prisoners in parole and pardon matters as well as collateral legal issues necessary for their successful reentry into civilian life. Second year students are not certified but can still provide limited assistance under direct supervision of faculty. Students assist offenders in the administrative procedures of the Louisiana Department of Corrections.  Students will travel to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Dixon Correctional Institution, Hunt Correctional Center, Rayburn Correctional Center, and the Louisiana State Penitentiary for Women. Students will interview and counsel clients, interview witnesses, conduct factual investigations, assist clients in their residence and reentry plans, prepare briefs and parole packets for filing, and attend hearings before the Louisiana Board of Pardons, Committee on Parole. Students will continue to assist clinic clients upon release in legal issues necessary to their successful reentry into society. Students will also serve as instructors in a paralegal training program sponsored by the Department of Corrections and teach inmates substantive law in topics such as Family Law, Civil Procedure, Torts, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law and Procedure.

This course will be taught by Professor Robert Lancaster and Keith Nordyke, Adjunct Professor of Law.

Prosecution Clinic (LAW 5627) (3 credits)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Limited to 3L’s

The LSU Prosecution Clinic, in collaboration with the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office, offers 3rd year law students the opportunity to gain real life experiences in criminal prosecution. Students are certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX. Students will have the opportunity to prosecute misdemeanor cases and will assist their supervisors in ongoing felony cases. Class meets at the DA’s Office and students learn the substantive law, procedure, and lawyering skills necessary to be effective prosecutors.

The course will be taught by Darwin C. Miller, Adjunct Law Professor and Assistant District Attorney.

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