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295.6J sec. 001 - Domestic Violence Field Placement (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Mallika Kaur  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2 - 4
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Course Start: January 08, 2024
Course End: May 08, 2024

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 04/17 03:06 PM

Visit the DV Field Placement Webpage: for detailed information

In this course, students work on real cases and policies, supervised by practicing attorneys in a range of practice areas, while enrolled in a classroom component taught by Domestic Violence (DV) Field Placement Director Mallika Kaur. Through their placement, and engaging with fellow students in a range of very diverse placements, students develop a nuanced understanding of DV. Domestic violence does not only appear in the case load for family law attorneys or immigration attorneys or criminal attorneys or estate attorneys or personal injury attorneys. Rather, given the ubiquity of domestic violence, all attorneys, knowingly and unknowingly, serve clients impacted by domestic violence. The Field Placement is thus open to any student, regardless of past or future goals and experiences.

Students may choose a placement at one of various legal agencies in the Bay Area. The work focuses on restraining orders, family law, public benefits, immigration, asylum, tort actions, employment issues, prosecution, defense of accused and/or incarcerated victims, appellate work, or other issues involving domestic violence. Students also may work on policy matters, including helping draft and advocate for legislation.

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.

The placements provide a rewarding opportunity to engage with victim-survivors of Domestic Violence, to witness the laws around DV in action, to learn important legal skills, to experience negotiating trauma and emotions of legal work, and to build a collaborative network of contacts in the legal community.

Apply for Spring 2024 DV Field Placement ideally before November 1, 2023. For questions contact

*DV Field Placement meets Professional Responsibility requirement
*DV Field Placement meets J.D. Experiential Requirement
*DV Field Placement counts towards LLM Practical Lawyering Certificate

See flyer with (partial) list of possible 2023 placements: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Recommended Fall Seminar (282.1, Domestic Violence Law)

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Field Placements
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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