This yearlong clinical course is offered in partnership with the Legal Aid Justice Center, and course meetings are held onsite at the firm. LAJC’s clinics are designed to educate students about the range of strategies used by attorneys to identify, investigate and attack systemic injustices, encouraging holistic and community-partnered approaches to lawyering.
Students receive classroom instruction only during the fall semester, in the substantive and procedural aspects of employment advocacy. There is no classroom instruction during the spring semester, but the clinical aspect of the course (participating in actual cases under the supervision of an attorney) is required both semesters. In cooperation with LAJC and local attorneys, students participate throughout the year in litigating actual employment cases. These cases may include unemployment compensation claims, unpaid wage litigation or any other claims arising out of the employment relationship. Specific assignments vary according to the inventory of cases available at the time, but students should be able to conduct client interviews, participate in discovery, draft motions and assist with trial preparation. Students also may argue some motions (with appropriate Third Year Practice Certification); 2Ls may provide direct representation in unemployment insurance hearings. Students are expected to arrange a satisfactory schedule with their supervising attorney. For additional information about the employment and labor law curriculum, please visit the PELLS Web site (http://www.pells.org). Students earn three credits during the fall semester and five credits during the spring semester.