Clinics

CLINICAL OFFERINGS PLANNED FOR SPRING 2015

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.

The course will be taught by Darwin C. Miller, Adjunct Law Professor and Assistant D.A. The meeting time will be 5:00 – 7:00pm on Mondays at the offices of the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney.

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.  For a complete course description, click here.

Family Mediation Clinic (3 credits)  (This course is not available in Spring 2015.)

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 available in Spring 2015.)

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 Course Component (2 hours)

Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic Practicum (LAW 5626)

This is a graded course that focuses on the substantive law, procedures, and representation of individual prisoners in parole and the legal issues relevant to their effective reentry into civilian life. It exposes students to the administrative practice of the criminal justice system.  The course will examine the corrections system, the policies of rehabilitation and punishment, and the factors that contribute to recidivism. Students learn the statutes and administrative regulations applicable to the Louisiana Department of Corrections.  The course also covers the essential lawyering skills of client interviewing and counseling, witness interviewing and factual investigation, drafting persuasive factual pleadings, and advocacy in administrative proceedings. Students will get an in depth tour of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and be exposed to areas and operations of the prison typically inaccessible to the general public. Students will observe parole hearings conducted by the Louisiana Board of Pardons, Committee on Parole. This course prepares students for the direct representation of prisoners seeking parole as student attorneys in the Parole & Reentry Clinic Practicum.  This course is a co-requisite of the Parole & Reentry Clinic Practicum. Participation is limited to third-year students who will have completed Legal Professions (Law #5721) prior to enrollment. Once enrolled, withdrawal requires consent of the instructor. Note: This course requires a pre-semester orientation.

 

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 co-taught by Adjunct Professor, Keith Nordyke and Professor Robert Lancaster and the meeting time is Wednesdays from 3:00pm — 5:00pm.

Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic Practicum (3 hours)

Prerequisite: The Legal Profession (LAW 5721)
Co-requisite: Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic Course (LAW 5628)

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. Students will represent offenders in the administrative procedures of the Louisiana Department of Corrections.  Students will travel to and represent clients at 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 appear before the Louisiana Board of Pardons, Committee on Parole on their client’s behalf. Students will continue to represent 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, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law and Procedure.  This course is a co-requisite of the Parole & Reentry Clinic Course. Participation is limited to third-year students who will have completed Legal Professions (Law #5721) prior to enrollment.  Once enrolled, withdrawal requires the consent of the instructor.    

 

Immigration Clinic Course Component (2 hours) (This course is not available in Spring 2015.)
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) (This course is not available in Spring 2015.)
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.

Social Security Disability Clinic (3 credits)

This Clinic is staffed by an experienced attorney and a half-time psychologist and provides interdisciplinary representation to clients, primarily in Social Security and SSI disability cases, and Fair Housing Act cases. The Clinic is located in the One Stop Homeless Services Center, an innovative facility which provides a range of services to homeless individuals including legal services. Students in this placement will represent clients in the Social Security disability system from application through administrative hearing.  Students will also assist clients in overcoming barriers to housing. This is a very interesting and dynamic practice environment and will provide students with experience interviewing clients and potential witnesses, fact investigation and case development, working with an expert witness, and oral and written advocacy. 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.

This course will be taught by Adjunct Professor Janice McAlpine and the meeting time will be Fridays from 10:20am – 12:30pm.

 

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