Credit for Clinical Experience

Subject to credit limitations outlined in the academic rules and receipt of the appropriate approvals, second- and third-year students may earn credit for clinical experience as follows:

Community Law Practice at the East Bay Community Law Center

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) offers students an opportunity to work in a clinical setting providing free legal services to East Bay residents. The EBCLC focuses on housing law, public benefits, community economic development and legal services for people with AIDS. Students receive training in the substantive legal areas and, under the supervision of staff attorneys, handle their own client caseload.

Death Penalty Clinic

Students in the Death Penalty Clinic assist death-row inmates in need of legal counsel. Under close supervision of the clinic's faculty, students are involved in every aspect of post-conviction work, including visiting clients on death row, interviewing witnesses, examining evidence, researching legal issues, and writing motions and briefs. The accompanying seminar provides a theoretical foundation for the students' work. Topics include substantive capital punishment law, habeas corpus practice and procedure, and the fundamentals of death penalty litigation, including fact investigation, interview techniques and the development of mitigation evidence.

Domestic Violence Clinic

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic work in one of several government agencies or nonprofit offices in the Bay Area, or with the instructor on state legislation. They may also assist with post-conviction issues faced by battered women in state prisons, and employment issues affecting domestic violence victims. Students interview clients; draft restraining orders, memoranda, op-ed pieces and motions; represent clients at hearings; research policy issues; and attend meetings with government officials, judges and legislators.

International Human Rights Law Clinic

Students in the International Human Rights Law Clinic assist survivors of human rights abuses in two ways. First, students represent refugees seeking asylum. Second, they work on innovative human rights projects that advance the struggle for justice on behalf of individuals and marginalized communities that have been the targets of repression and violence. Students prepare and appear in asylum cases, conduct litigation before national and international judicial fora concerning human rights violations, and engage in interdisciplinary empirical studies designed to achieve policy outcomes.

Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic

Students in the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic help shape public policy by developing new legislation, influencing technical standards, engaging in litigation and educating the public. Since the clinic's founding, students have served as advocates on a variety of cutting-edge legal issues, including freedom of speech on the Internet, privacy standards for online and wireless communications, and the effect of intellectual property laws on the global distribution of essential medications.