Oregon Law's nine clinics give students exposure to the practice of law in a variety of different contexts. Whether a student's focus is on gaining generally applicable practice skills or on developing expertise in a particular substantive area, Oregon Law's clinics provide invaluable experience.
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Civil Practice Clinic and Advanced Civil Practice Clinic
Criminal Defense Clinic and Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic
Criminal Prosecution Clinic and Advanced Criminal Prosecution Clinic
Domestic Violence Clinic and Advanced Domestic Violence Clinic
Environmental Law Clinic and Advanced Environmental Law Clinic
Small Business Clinic
Small Claims Mediation Clinic
Probate Mediation Clinic
Civil Practice Clinic and Advanced Civil Practice Clinic. The Civil Practice Clinic, which is housed at Lane County Legal Aid, gives students the opportunity to represent low-income clients in a variety of different matters. Cases may result in a court appearance or a contested-case hearing, often involving social security, welfare, food stamps, public housing, or unemployment benefits.
Criminal Defense Clinic and Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic. Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic have the opportunity to work at Public Defender Services of Lane County. Students conduct client and witness interviews and investigations and help defend clients in a wide range of misdemeanor prosecutions in circuit court.
Criminal Prosecution Clinic and Advanced Criminal Prosecution Clinic. The Criminal Prosecution Clinic, which is housed at the Lane County District Attorney’s Office, offers students the opportunity to prepare and try minor criminal cases under the supervision of an attorney and to assist senior prosecutors on felony cases.
Domestic Violence Clinic and Advanced Domestic Violence Clinic. The Domestic Violence Clinic is housed at the University of Oregon and gives students the opportunity to represent victims whose abusers are contesting their petitions for restraining orders or stalking protective orders. Students interview clients and witnesses, obtain evidence such as police reports and medical records, participate in depositions and other forms of discovery, file motions and pleadings with the court, negotiate with opposing counsel, and ultimately represent clients in court. MORE
Environmental Law Clinic and Advanced Environmental Law Clinic. The Environmental Law Clinic is housed at the Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit public interest law firm with offices in Eugene, Taos, and Helena. Students work with WELC, which represents conservationist groups, individuals, and sometimes local governments in state and federal courts. Students work in both of WELC’s practice groups—Climate and Energy, and Wildlands—and are engaged in intellectually challenging and creative work. MORE
Nonprofit Clinic. The Nonprofit Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that brings law students, Planning, Public Policy, and Management students and Conflict Resolution students together at the law school to serve the Oregon nonprofit community. Clinic students conduct an organizational assessment of several nonprofit organizations, draft an assessment report, and present their findings. Clinic students also facilitate a dialogue between the nonprofit organizations’ Executive Director and Board of Directors regarding recommendations. MORE
Small Business Clinic. In the Small Business Clinic, which is housed at the law school, students have the opportunity to assist in representing business clients in a simulated law firm environment. Through intensive training under direct supervision, the clinic teaches students the skills necessary to practice transactional law. In the course of a semester, each clinic student assists in representing two businesses. Clinic students are responsible for all aspects of the representation from the initial meeting with the client to the final meeting in which the students present and explain the legal work performed. Types of legal work performed at the clinic include business entity formation, review and drafting of contracts for the sale of services or products, and advice on laws affecting various types of businesses. MORE
Small Claims Mediation Clinic. After intensive mediation training, students in the Small Claims Mediation Clinic have the opportunity to mediate the conflicts of real litigants in small claims court. Through weekly debriefings of these mediations, students continue to improve their mediation skills while helping disputants search for nonlitigation solutions to their problems. MORE
Probate Mediation Clinic. Students in the Probate Mediation Clinic, which is the first of its kind in the country, have the opportunity to work with experienced mediators to co-mediate cases involving estate law and adult guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. This clinic strengthens students’ mediation skills through intensive mediation training and strengthens students' knowledge in the substantive area as well through a specialized probate mediation training and regular exposure to the kinds of cases that are litigated in probate court. MORE