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295.6J sec. 001 - Domestic Violence Field Placement (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Nancy K.D. Lemon  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2 - 4
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: May 04, 2021

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

In this course (295.5J and 283Q) students work on real cases or clerk for a superior court judge at faculty-supervised field placements (295.5J) while enrolled in a classroom component taught by Nancy Lemon, the Domestic Violence Field Placement Director (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, appeals, welfare, immigration, asylum, employment issues, housing, prosecution of batterers, or possibly criminal defense of people charged with committing domestic violence. Students may also work on policy matters, including working on amicus briefs, or clerk for a superior court judge.

At the placements, students may interview clients; draft restraining orders, memoranda, and motions; represent clients at hearings; argue motions; observe hearings and trials; 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).

It is recommended but not required that students first take Domestic Violence Law, 282.1, offered by Ms. Lemon each fall semester.

Students may enroll in 295.5J more than once.

The application is in the Supplemental File at the bottom of this page and should be submitted to Nancy Lemon along with a resume. Information about the Domestic Violence Field Placement can be found on the website page ( Feel free to contact the instructor at with any questions.

Please note that the units of this practicum count as field placement units subject to the restriction on non-academic units specified in Academic Rule 3.31(c).

Nancy K. D. Lemon has been a leading authority on domestic violence law for over three decades. A practicing attorney, she has also provided expert testimony in many types of cases. She has worked to craft many pieces of California legislation affecting survivors of domestic violence and their children. Since 1988, Professor Lemon has taught Domestic Violence Law and the Domestic Violence Field Placement at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. She authored the first textbook on Domestic Violence Law in 1996, now in its 6th edition. In 2012, she co-founded the Family Violence Appellate Project, where she is the Legal Director.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Field Placements

The following file is available for this course:

Supplemental File

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