Civil/Administrative Law Clinic was created to expose students to the everyday practice of law. It is specifically attractive to those students who want to be a sole practitioner and focus their practice in areas of civil and administrative law. The Civil/Administrative practice is an attorney driven practice in that the attorney has to move the case forward. The students are exposed to client interviews, legal drafting of correspondence and pleadings legal analysis and writing, oral argument, case and trial preparation, research and legal strategies. The students are exposed to various civil and administrative courts.
The mission of the Bankruptcy Law Clinic is to enhance law school education by providing a real-life lawyering experience for the law student; offering quality bankruptcy legal services to a community that has been historically underrepresented. The students will interview, counsel and represent clients in Consumer bankruptcy cases, attend creditors meetings as well as assist clients who are dealing with unprecedented financial crisis, and appear in court for contested matters when the clinic's assistance is requested by the Bankruptcy Judge.
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The Criminal Clinic represents indigent defendants who have been charged with various misdemeanors and some relative felonies in the Nineteenth Judicial Courts. The clinic is appointed by the court in the same manner as the Office of the Public Defender. The students are exposed to the criminal process in its entirety. They will visit prisons, negotiate with the District Attorneys, develop trial theories and practice and handle all criminal matters from the arraignment through the entire trial process.
The Clinic handles divorces arising from Louisiana Civil Code articles 103 and 103.1, adultery, felony convictions and domestic violence. The student will be exposed to the legal drafting of pleadings and correspondence as well as the entire trial process. As domestic violence attorneys, students learn the unique and sensitive roles that lawyers can play in a domestic violence legal matter. The Domestic Violence Clinic allows students an opportunity to assist victims of family abuse in City and District Court. The program trains students to become more effective advocates for the rights of those who are affected by domestic violence.
The purpose of the Elder Law/Successions Clinic is to allow students to gain an increased understanding of the substantive laws affecting the elderly. Students are exposed to various areas of elder law, including but not limited to Medicaid and other government benefits, guardianship, wills, housing, consumer fraud abuse and neglect. The cases handled by the Elder Law Clinic consist primarily of civil matters. The students represent the indigent elderly in district court and in administrative hearings. The Elder Law clinic also handles all simple successions.
The Juvenile Law Clinic represents children and adults by both divisions of the Court. Student Attorneys represent children, who may be held criminally culpable at age 10 until age 21. Student Attorneys will also represent clients on reviews, misdemeanors and felonies from the arrest, detention hearing to adjudications to the final disposition of a delinquency case. Student Attorneys also represent youths and adults in "Children in Need of Care" cases.
The cases handled by the Tax Law Clinic consist primarily of Low Income Tax Payers who are facing many different types of tax issues, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), taxpayer rights and responsibilities, innocent spouse claims, worker classification, and collection alternatives. The students may represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other administrative court hearings. Additionally, the clinic allows the students the opportunity to gain experience in drafting documents such as correspondences to the IRS, preparing administrative forms, and learning the internal operations and procedures of the IRS.
The Mediation Law Clinic offers free conflict resolution services to individuals, organizations and agencies. Through classroom discussions and simulations, students receive extensive exposure to mediation theory and practice. Once trained, they observe actual mediations, mediate with experienced mediators, and then co-mediate cases with their classmates. Students are exposed to mediation in areas of small claims matters, landlord/tenant disputes, consumer related disputes, foreclosures and agricultural related cases, visitation cases, EEOC and Worker's Compensation.
The Workers Compensation Clinic provides a thorough understanding of workers compensation laws in Louisiana. At the end of the course, the student will have an in-depth understanding of the statutory system of compensation benefits available to injured or sick workers. The full text of the Workers Compensation Act is located in Title 23 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. This body of laws requires continuous monitoring and adjustment in order to assure fairness and affordability for both employer and employee.