Students in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic and Veterans Legal Clinic attend class and practice law together. Students learn the fundamentals of litigation that are readily transferable to any substantive area of practice or practice setting, from big law to legal services. They do so by litigating multiple real cases as first chair attorney on behalf of indigent clients, some of whom are veterans. Students must concurrently enroll in the corresponding 4-credit Clinics course and 3-credit Clinics seminar (LAW 920 AND LAW 921).
The Clinics’ seminar component helps students develop fundamental litigation skills. Students participate in multiple simulations covering everything from interviewing to negotiation, multiple simulated courtroom exercises, and a mock jury trial at the end of the term. Other class sessions cover the role of the lawyer, ethical issues in law practice, client-centered lawyering, the adversarial process, issues affecting the Clinics’ client populations, and case rounds. Both the seminar and fieldwork are graded. The Clinics meets the New York State Bar pro bono requirement ( It also fulfills the Law School’s professional responsibility requirement for graduation but does not fulfill the New York State Bar ethics requirement.