Course Details

Practicum: Public Interest Law

This course examines the work of lawyers representing low-income clients in civil cases and engaging in other civil public interest legal work through experiential and in-class learning. The course will explore practical and ethical issues faced by public interest lawyers and the challenges of enforcing legal rights of low-income clients. In addition to the weekly seminar, students spend 12 hours per week in an approved externship with a non-profit public interest organization doing civil legal work. Students work under the supervision of attorneys in these offices and conduct research, write briefs and memoranda, interview clients and witnesses, participate in community education efforts, and assist attorneys in trial preparation and trial. Students secure their own placement in consultation with the faculty member. All course materials will be provided on Canvas. Students maintain reflective journals analyzing their field placement experiences and class topics and responding to questions about their externship. They also give a final presentation on an approved topic of their choice. Student grades are based on the journal, class participation, the final presentation, and successful completion of the externship.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 638
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionConstitutional Law & ProcedureLegal Skills DevelopmentProcedure Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning,  Not a lottery course,  Requires Practicum Placement


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 6

Spring 2017
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 2

Spring 2016
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 5

Fall 2015
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 6

Spring 2015
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 4

Fall 2014
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 8