Community Solutions Clinic

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 5/8
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1130-1250
  • WB116
08/26/2021 11/18/2021

Course Description

The Community Solutions Clinic teaches structured, team-based problem solving through collaborative engagement with community groups. This clinic is ideal for students who are looking to learn skills they can apply to business/organizational management, whether on the nonprofit or the for-profit side, or somewhere in between. Project areas include issues related to access to justice, supporting civic engagement and participation (including voting and registration), and developing collaborations that help overcome structural inequality in marginalized communities, but other areas with a significant legal/regulatory aspect will be considered. Descriptions of the work of the community partners we'll have the opportunity to work with for the upcoming semester are available on the clinic application, which is available on the clinic page of the law school website: Student teams will work with community partners to define the scope of work for a project proposed by the partners, brainstorm root causes and questions to be answered, develop sources of data, both internal and external, to respond to these questions, and synthesize the information into a proposed solution or set of options, culminating in a final presentation to stakeholders and a blueprint for moving forward. Students may also participate in subsequent phases of problem solving that involve an aspect of implementation of a solution. In the course of developing potential solutions, students will learn methods for lawyers to engage with communities collaboratively to develop a sustainable solution in partnership with the community it benefits. Students will also learn to effectively work as a team and manage a project from initial engagement to final deliverable, developing related professional skills along the way. Students may also have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary work with other disciplines.

Course Requirements

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: In addition to the class meetings, a separate one-hour supervision session once a week. Seminar time after initial training will be divided between: (1) faculty-led sessions on substantive topics relevant to clinic projects, (2) student presentations to the full class with Q&A at key stages of the process, which also serve as “dry runs” for interim and final presentations to clients, and (3) case rounds/team supervision meetings. Each student team will likely need to create a separate standing meeting time for team work meetings and/or stakeholder meetings. Professional Skills taught: (1) structured, team-based problem solving (2) assessing both legal and nonlegal regimes and solutions (3) working collaboratively with clients and stakeholders (4) other professional skills, such as communication and team/meeting management; planning and staging work; presentation skills; and client and time management.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 23, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 03, 11:59 PM