This clinic will develop counseling, litigation, and legal commentary skills in the context of working on actual cases and issues involving the First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly and petition. We will advise and represent individuals and groups with First Amendment concerns or claims who cannot afford the assistance of lawyers with specialized First Amendment expertise. We will also provide commentary and legal analysis on pending or enacted legislation that implicates First Amendment freedoms, and other governmental as well as academic developments. Students will be directly supervised by the Clinic Director and the First Amendment Fellow. All enrolled students will be required to work a minimum of 100 hours a semester with clients or in other professional activities such as answering questions from journalists or analyzing and preparing commentary on pending legislation, as well as to participate in the weekly class and training sessions. Students must be in at least their fourth semester of law school to enroll in the clinic. Either First Amendment or Defamation and Privacy is a prerequisite or corequisite.
This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting.
Students must be able to attend the day-long clinic intensive training session to enroll in this course.
|Course Areas of Practice|
Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system
Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession