The Clinical Program is a key component to a student’s curriculum and offers hands-on experiences enabling them to apply course work to actual cases and to examine the institutional, ethical and professional issues inherent in the lives of practicing lawyers. The Program exposes students to client transactional work, advocacy, and litigation in a supervised setting. In addition to the benefits of working closely with professors and legal practitioners, students gain valuable experience in the art of lawyering from a variety of in-house clinics, and learn the importance of client communications.
- Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic: Assist individuals who are seeking asylum because of political persecution, relief under country-specific immigration legislation and immigrant worker’s victims of wage theft.
- Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic: Under the supervision of bankruptcy attorneys, students work on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.
- Death Penalty Clinic: Students assists court-appointed defense counsel(s) in gathering documents, interviewing witnesses and clients, analyzing discovery, investigations, legal research, drafting pleadings and memoranda, assisting with strategic decisions and in developing integrated theories of defense.
- Environmental Law Clinic: Focusing on environmental and land use matters of national, state, and regional significance, students work with ELC clients on rulemaking, permitting, and litigation matters before state and federal courts and administrative bodies.
- Family and Children’s Advocacy Clinic: The education advocacy project assists parents in obtaining access to adequate special education for their children and children faced with school disciplinary proceedings as a result of disabilities. The family cases include contested and uncontested divorces; establishment, modification and enforcement of child and spousal support; custody and visitation; international child abduction and domestic violence.
- HELP (Health, Ethics, Law and Policy) Clinic: In partnership with FIU College of Medicine, assist families in four Miami-Dade County neighborhoods on health law and other cases. The Clinic also undertakes policy advocacy projects to improve client access to health care.
- Immigrant Children’s Justice Clinic: Assists unaccompanied minors who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.
- Investor Advocacy Clinic: Assists securities investors in the informal dispute resolution process or at arbitration.
- Small Business Clinic: Helps individuals and groups starting or running small businesses and non-profit corporations.