Course Details

Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation

Students in this clinic represent clients (under faculty supervision) in civil cases, primarily defending subsidized housing tenants in circuit court and administrative hearings. Students, working alone or in pairs, are assigned primary responsibility for their cases. Depending on the stage of the litigation in the case, students interview clients and witnesses, engage in fact investigation, develop case strategy, draft written discovery, manage discovery disputes, take and defend depositions, and prepare and argue pre-trial motions. If a case proceeds to a trial or hearing, the students handle all aspects of the proceeding. Students regularly appear in court at the Daley Center and at administrative hearings at the Chicago Housing Authority. In most of our cases, we partner with lawyers from LAF and Cabrini Green Legal Aid who provide invaluable assistance and expertise.

Catalog Number: LITARB 705
Practice Areas: Administrative Law & GovtCivil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionCommercial Practice AreaLegal Skills DevelopmentProperty Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Fall 2018
Title: Clinic: Civil Litigation
Faculty: Mikva, Laurie (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2018
Title: Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation
Faculty: Elson, John S. (courses | profile)
Mikva, Laurie (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 7

Fall 2017
Title: Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation
Faculty: Mikva, Laurie (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2017
Title: Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation
Faculty: Mikva, Laurie (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Fall 2016
Title: Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation
Faculty: Elson, John S. (courses | profile)
Mikva, Laurie (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2016
Title: Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation
Faculty: Mikva, Laurie (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Fall 2015
Title: Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation
Faculty: Elson, John S. (courses | profile)
Mikva, Laurie (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 5