Oregon Law's 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.
In the Business Law 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. For questions, contact Mindy Wittkop and Katherine Moyer.
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. For questions, contact Elliott Farren.
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. For questions, contact Hugh Duvall and Tom Fagan.
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. For questions, contact Jay Hall and Deb Stoll.
Domestic Violence Clinic and Advanced Domestic Violence Clinic
The Domestic Violence Clinic offers students the opportunity to participate both in the Protection Order Clinic and the Domestic Violence Civil/Family Law Clinic. Both Clinics also have an Advanced Clinic option. A student can take up to nine credits in the Domestic Violence Clinic, which would typically be comprised of the Domestic Violence Civil/Family Clinic, the Protection Order Clinic, and one advanced clinic of the student’s choice. However, there is also a Klamath Falls externship that can be part of the mix too. For questions, contact Katherine Moakley and Michael Quillin.
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. For questions, contact John Mellgren and Pete Frost.
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. For questions, contact Beatrice Dohrn.