Clinical Programs The Clinical Programs advance the law school’s goals of educating lawyers for the ethical and effective practice of law and of promoting community service through the representation of real clients. The Clinical Program and its clinical courses provide legal education along with hands-on experience that enables students to apply course work to actual cases and to examine the institutional, ethical and personal problems inherent in the lives of today’s practicing lawyers. The Clinical Program offers students the opportunity to develop competency in lawyering skills, including interviewing, counseling, fact-gathering, transactions, developing a litigation plan, negotiations, discovery techniques, other pre-trial and trial skills and law office management skills. Students learn substantive and procedural law related to their clients’ needs. Clinical law students acquire problem solving abilities, learn to cope with facts, and experience the relationship between legal theory and practice in the context of providing assistance to an underserved people
and groups. Students assume responsibility for matters of great importance to real clients. They also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students and clinic faculty. Presently, there are eight (8) in-house clinics available: The Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinical, the Community Development Clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, the Health, Ethics, Law & Policy Clinic, the Family and Children Advocacy Clinic, the Environmental Law Clinic, the Immigrant Children’s Justice Clinic, and the Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic. In addition, the students may enroll in a Criminal, Civil, or Judicial Externship, taking a class at the law school while engaging in supervised law practice.
Legal Skills and Values Group Front Row: Erin Degnan, Christyno Hayes, Christine Rickard / Back Row: Ila Klion, Marci Rosenthal, Angelique Fridman, David Walter
Legal Skills and Values Program Students in FIU’s Legal Skills and Values Program learn the keys to effective lawyering: legal analysis, research, writing, oral communication, and professionalism. The program consists of three required courses – LSV I, LSV II, and LSV III – that use simulated “real life” legal problems to teach students how to recognize and address legal issues from inception through resolution. Throughout all three courses, faculty members emphasize the importance of professionalism to being an effective attorney. In LSV I, students learn to locate, read, understand, and apply primary and secondary sources of law, as they prepare two predictive office memoranda that respond to specific legal issues. In addition to this written work, students practice oral communication skills by reporting their research findings and analysis to LSV faculty members acting as supervising attorneys. Students continue to develop their research, analytical, and communication skills in LSV II, as they shift their focus from objective communication to persuasive writing and oral advocacy. Specifically, students hone their skills by preparing appellate briefs and delivering oral arguments to multi-judge appellate panels. 60
The LSV III curriculum builds upon the research, analysis, and communication foundation that students developed in the first two courses. Assignments in LSV III include cover letters and resumes, contracts, client and attorney correspondence, negotiations, and pretrial motions and memoranda. Throughout the three LSV courses, students have numerous opportunities to draft and revise their written work and to practice and develop their oral communication skills, with extensive assistance and feedback from their LSV professors. After completing the required LSV courses, many students expand their lawyering skills experience by taking additional skills electives including clinical courses, Appellate Procedure I, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Interviewing and Counseling, Pre-trial Practice, and Trial Practice and by participating in co--curricular activities such as Law Review and the Board of Advocates.
Clinical Group Front Row: Mary Gundrum, Robert Savage, and Shahrzad Emami Back Row: Juan Gomez, Laverne Pinkney, John Little, Peggy Maisel, James Porter, Jackie Gonzalez
Students have numerous opportunities under the supervision of experienced attorneys to apply legal theory to real-life situations while at the same time providing needed services to our local community. Peggy Maisel Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Clinics
Published on Jan 3, 2012