Clinics

CURRENT CLINICAL OFFERINGS

Tentative Clinic for Fall 2014:  Prosecution Clinic (3 credits)

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 will have the opportunity to prosecute misdemeanor cases and will assist their supervisors in ongoing felony cases. Class will meet at the DA’s Office and students learn the substantive law, procedure, and lawyering skills necessary to be effective prosecutors. This Clinic is tentative, and still in the planning stages, but we are accepting applications for Fall 2014. Students applying for the Prosecution Clinic are encouraged to rank other clinical preferences on their application in case this clinic is not offered.

Civil Mediation Clinic (3 credits)
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 referral 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. Students commit to work a minimum of 150 hours over the course of the semester that includes all training, simulation, classroom, class preparation, and actual mediation sessions. This course is graded Pass/Fail (E,HP,P, F). Participation requires consent of the Instructor and requires a 1 or 2 day pre-semester orientation and training.

The course will be taught by Paul W. Breaux, Adjunct Clinical Professor and meeting time is Fridays from 10:20am – 1:20pm.

Family Mediation Clinic (3 credits)

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, students are considered to be Qualified Family Law Mediators. Students commit to work a minimum of 150 hours over the course of the semester that includes training, simulation, classroom, class preparation, and actual mediation sessions. This course is graded Pass/Fail (E, HP, P, F). Participation requires consent of the Instructor and a pre-semester orientation and training.

The course will be taught by Robert Lancaster and the meeting time will be Fridays from 10:20am-1:20pm. 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.

Family Law and Family Violence Clinic (This course is not being offered in Fall 2014.)

Course Component (2 credits)

Co-requisite:  Family Law and Family Violence Clinic Practicum

In this graded course component, 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 and Family Violence 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.

Practicum (3 credits)

Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)

Co-requisite: FL & FV Clinic Course Component

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.  This component is graded Pass/Fail (E, HP, P, F).

Note: This course requires a pre-semester orientation.

This clinic is taught by Professors Robert Lancaster and Ayn Stehr and the meeting time is Wednesday from 10:30am – 5:00pm and Monday from 10:20am—12:30pm. Participation is limited to third-year students.

Juvenile Defense Clinic Course Component (2 hours)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum
In this graded course component, 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.  Participation is limited to third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.

Note: This course requires a pre-semester orientation.

This course will be taught by Professor Hector Linares and Jack Harrison, Adjunct Professor of Law, and the meeting time is Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

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Juvenile Defense Clinic Practicum (3 hours)
Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Juvenile Defense Clinic Course Component
Student attorneys 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. 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 is graded Pass/Fail (E,HP,P,F).  Participation is limited to third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.

Note: This course requires a pre-semester orientation.

This course will be taught by Professor Hector Linares and Jack Harrison, Adjunct Professor of Law, and the meeting time is Wednesdays from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.

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Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic (3 hours)

This clinic will focus on the substantive law, procedure, and representation of individual prisoners through the parole hearing process and assist them with legal issues impacting their ability to successfully reenter civilian life.  Law student representatives, working under a supervising attorney, will represent clients before the Parole Board at the Department of Correction headquarters. Hearings will be conducted via video conference with the student attorney and supervisor with the client at the prison. The student attorney will give a closing argument as part of  these proceedings. Upon release, the Clinic could continue to represent successful parolees in matters including housing, employment, and child custody/visitation and support.  Students commit to work a minimum of 150 hours over the course of the semester.  This course is graded Pass/Fail (E,HP,P,F). Participation is limited to third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.

Note: This course requires a pre-semester orientation.

This course will be taught by Adjunct Professor, Keith Nordyke and the meeting time is Wednesdays from 3:00pm — 5:00pm.

Immigration Clinic Course Component (2 hours)
Co-requisite: Immigration Clinic Practicum
In this graded course, 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.  Participation is open to second-year and third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.

Note: This course requires a pre-semester orientation.

This course will be taught by Professor Mayeaux and the meeting time will be Thursdays from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

Immigration Clinic Practicum (3 credits)
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 is graded Pass/Fail (E,HP,P,F) and must be taken in conjunction with the Immigration Clinic Course Component.  Participation is open to second-year and third-year students and requires consent of the Professor.

Note: This course requires a pre-semester orientation.

This course will be taught by Professor Mayeaux and the meeting time will be Fridays from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

Please note that the “Clinic Course Components” and “Clinic Practicums” are co-requisites – no student can take one without the other.

Homeless Advocacy Clinic (2-3 credits)

Students will represent disabled, homeless individuals in the Social Security disability process, from application through the Appeals Council level. In addition to providing students the opportunity to represent real clients with pressing legal needs, the course will also allow students to explore the issues surrounding homelessness and the role of legal advocacy in helping address its causes and alleviate its consequences.  This course is graded Pass/Fail (E, HP, P, F). Participation requires the consent of the instructor and a pre-semester orientation and training. This course is limited to third-year students and requires the consent of the Professor.

The Clinic will be located at the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless (CAAH) One Stop Homeless Services Center.

This course will be taught by Adjunct Professor Janice McAlpine and the meeting time will be Fridays from 10:20am – 12:20pm.