The Law School offers students opportunities to work on a wide variety of matters in the in-house Civil Advocacy Clinics. The Civil Advocacy Clinics encompass the following practice area opportunities: litigation, appeals, transactional, child advocacy, and elder law. These practice areas are further described below.
Where applicable, students are able to appear in court on cases under Missouri's Student Practice Rule. A full-time faculty member supervises each in-house student. Students must also enroll in the Civil Advocacy companion classroom course (LAW 981).
Students handle a variety of lawsuits in state and federal court, including class actions regarding government rights and benefits, and individual cases in the areas of consumer law (including bankruptcy), landlord-tenant, foreclosures, and municipal court matters. Students have the chance to litigate some cases themselves under faculty supervision and also participate in class actions and other complex litigation with lawyers from Legal Services offices and law firms. This Clinic includes special projects to assist homeless veterans with a variety of needs and victims of domestic violence with a variety of matters (including clemency). Students also serve as special prosecutors in bringing contempt actions against respondents who have failed to comply with orders of protection. (Faculty Supervisors: Brendan Roediger and John Ammann)
Students meet with clients, review records, write briefs, and argue cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals in unemployment compensation, guardianship, and juvenile cases. Students appear in all three appellate districts which are located in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield. (Faculty Supervisors: Tricia Harrison and John Ammann)
Students provide transactional representation to both for-profit entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations that seek to positively impact disadvantaged communities. CED Clinic clients usually lack the resources necessary to access the traditional marketplace for legal services. Students serve as the primary counsel to CED Clinic clients on a range of matters including business and nonprofit structuring and formation, operational issues, contract drafting and review, loan document review, regulatory compliance issues, and real estate matters. Each semester, students provide significant legal assistance to Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, assisting with various operational issues and helping Habitat provide environmentally responsible homes to first-time homebuyers. (Faculty Supervisor: Dana Malkus).
Individuals or organizations desiring assistance from the CED Clinic can find more information on the CED Clinic's intake page.
Students provide holistic advocacy by handling delinquency, education matters, family law, and Social Security disability challenges by serving as the lawyer for the child and family. Students work with the St. Louis Children's Health Advocacy Project (CHAP), a medical-legal partnership intended to improve access to medical and legal services for disadvantaged St. Louis children at The SPOT, a free medical clinic for at-risk youth. In addition, students handle juvenile delinquency cases in St. Louis City and County. Students also handle systemic issues affecting medical care issues related to children in foster care. (Faculty Supervisor: Tricia Harrison).
Students serve older clients and their family members with adult guardianships. Students interview clients, prepare pleadings, and request medical reports. Once a case has been filed and set for hearing, students prepare clients to testify and then appear at the hearing. Students also assist clients with estate planning documents by interviewing clients and then preparing powers of attorney, wills, living wills, and beneficiary deeds. Elder Law Clinic students also advise clients on how to set up transfer on death and payable on death arrangements for bank accounts and vehicles. (Faculty Supervisor: Barbara Gilchrist).
Students interested in information about the Civil Advocacy Clinics should call (314) 977-2778