Law Clinic

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Fields of Practice

Criminal Defense Community Justice
Immigration Law Prosecution
Family Law Workplace Justice 
Environmental Policy Advocacy Technology and Legal Innovation
Children's Rights  

General Civil Practice

Family Law:  Students represent adults, children, and absentee defendants in custody, divorce, child support, paternity, and interdiction cases.  They interview clients, conduct fact investigation, discovery, and legal research, prepare and file pleadings and memoranda in court, develop a theory of their case, and participate in settlement conferences with opposing attorneys.  All students make several court appearances to argue their cases at hearings and trials in local courts before judges, hearing officers, and domestic commissioners. 

Children's Rights: Students represent the rights of children in cases such as: adoptions, attorney for the child, and highly contested custody cases.  The students also represent unacompanied minors from countries such as Honduras, Guatamala, and El Salvador in Special Immigrant Juvenile proceedings.

Immigration: Students represent clients in deportation and exclusion proceedings on issues of rights to enter or remain in the United States, as well as on issues of relief from deportation such as asylum. Immigration cases give students a unique opportunity to interact with persons of many different nationalities; clients come from Haiti, Honduras, Cuba, Russia, China, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ethiopia and other countries.

Civil Rights: Students represent clients in civil rights, employment discrimination, housing, consumer, prisoner's rights, and a variety of administrative cases which include education, and public assistance benefits.

Criminal Defense

Students in the criminal defense represent defendants before criminal district court judges. Student attorneys handle full jury trials on misdemeanor and felony matters. Loyola students argue criminal issues before trial courts, appellate courts, and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Prosecution

The Clinic places a limited number of students in the offices of local district attorneys. Students in these placements work under the supervision of experienced attorneys and conduct hearings and trials. The students are also supervised by a Loyola clinical professor, who helps the students focus on the social impact of their work.

Technology and Legal Innovation

The Technology and Legal Innovation Clinic explores the use of technology in the practice of law.While actively representing clients in court, students design and implement tech-related projects aimed at assisting legal practitioners and increasing access to justice. More information is available at http://loyolalawtech.org

Environmental Policy Program

This is a new pilot advocacy program, under the supervision of skilled attorneys with years of city, state, federal and international environmental advocacy experience. In this course, students individually or in teams, focus on a particular environmental policy issue for the semester on behalf of a client, specifically, non-proft organizations; indigenous people and underrepresented individuals, groups or communities. Each project requires development of a strategic plan, a media plan, and following and/or updating these guiding documents as the semester progresses. Work may include drafting regulations, policy proposals or legislation; providing oral and written comments to elected entities and/or regulatory agencies; organizing community action or information sessions; utilizing social networking and media to raise public awareness and inspire civic action; and more, to achieve a desired outcome for the client, or prepare for others to escalate the issue to litigation. Students are not sworn in as student attorneys under Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX, making this course open to 2Ls as well as international students.