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295.6J sec. 1 - Domestic Violence Practicum (Spring 2014)

Instructor: Nancy K.D. Lemon  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2-4

In this course (295.5J and 283Q) students work on real cases, either at faculty-supervised field placements or under the direct supervision of Nancy Lemon, DVP Director (295.5J), while enrolled in a classroom component taught by Ms. Lemon (283Q).

In 295.5J, students may choose a placement at one of various legal agencies in the Bay Area. The work focuses on restraining orders, family law, welfare, immigration, employment issues, prosecution of batterers, or post-conviction issues of battered women in state prisons. Students also work with the instructor on policy matters, including writing amicus briefs.

At the placements, students interview clients; draft restraining orders, memoranda, and motions; represent clients at hearings; argue motions; and research policy issues. They may also attend meetings with attorneys, government officials, judges and legislators.

Both parts of the course are open to graduate students in other departments of UC Berkeley (e.g., public policy, sociology, social welfare, ethnic studies, gender and women's studies). LLM students are also welcome.

Students may enroll in the Practicum more than once.

The classroom component of the course (283Q) satisfies the Professional Responsibility requirement; there will be weekly readings and discussion of the Model Rules and other aspects of Professional Responsibility, with a focus on issues arising in domestic violence cases. Repeating students will not be required to participate in the Professional Responsibility homework.

Application forms are available on the website page for the Domestic Violence Practicum and should be submitted to Nancy Lemon along with a resume. Feel free to contact the instructor at with any questions.

This course satisfies the Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: None
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Field Placements
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Bar Courses
Criminal Law
Family Law
Simulation Courses
Social Justice and Public Interest
Work Law

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