Community Solutions Clinic

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 2/8
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1230-1350
  • SL284
01/24/2022 04/25/2022

Course Description

This clinic is ideal for students who are seeking to learn lawyering skills they can apply to business/organizational management, whether on the nonprofit side or the for-profit side, or somewhere in between. Student teams support social entrepreneurs in the community – whether individuals, organizations or coalitions – to help bring their ideas for change to fruition. The clinic focuses on issues related to access to justice, supporting civic engagement and political participation, and addressing structural inequality in the community, but other areas with a significant legal/regulatory aspect will be considered. (Current and past projects are described in the enrollment form on the clinic’s page of the law school website.) Clinic projects do not focus solely on legal solutions, but teams will provide legal deliverables as needed to meet the client’s goals. Student teams learn a holistic, systems thinking approach to community lawyering and problem solving that moves through stages throughout the semester. Each project culminates in a final presentation to stakeholders and a blueprint for moving forward, including any related legal deliverables, such as MOUs, agreements/waivers, templates, organizational documents or informational documents/manuals.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

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Other Work

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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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM