The Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic partners with Legal Aid at Work to address the full range of employment-related issues for low-income clients while maintaining a special focus on meeting the needs of workers with disabilities. The project gives Berkeley Law students—particularly 1Ls—an opportunity to interview and work with clients who need their help. Law students meet one-on-one with clients to discuss the details of their employment problem. Together, the student and the supervising attorney analyze the client’s situation, identify legal issues, and determine what remedies the client might pursue. The student then reports back to the client to discuss the possible solutions. Students learn about current issues in employment law from dedicated supervising attorneys in a small-group discussion setting. Law students may also represent clients at unemployment compensation hearings.
Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic (WRDLC) provides legal aid and resources to workers and employees who confront workplace harassment, discrimination, and other legal issues at work. Student clinic counselors conduct client intakes, perform research into relevant issues, and confer with attorneys to advise clients on legal remedies and the best course of action. Through WRDLC, students can expect to develop effective client communication skills and an understanding of employment law.
Supervision: Students will receive training from and be supervised by attorneys from Legal Aid at Work.
Time Commitment: 15-20 hours (biweekly three-hour meetings) per semester.
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