Clinical Programs

USC's clinical training programs are designed to develop lawyering skills of the highest quality. The USC Gould School of Law offers two types of clinical training: classroom courses that include simulated exercises, and supervised casework with actual clients. Through classroom exercises, students use hypothetical case materials in simulated law office and courtroom settings, with actors playing the roles of clients and witnesses. Then, students learn legal skills and principles by working on actual cases for real clients under the supervision of faculty member. The following clinical programs combine classroom exercises with client representation.

Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Fall/Winter 2013/2014 USC Gould School of Law Clinical Perspectives Newsletter

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  • Immigration Clinic

    The clinic provides pro bono representation to clients in a variety of immigration cases including asylum, applications for relief under the Violence Against Women Act, and other applications for relief from removal.

  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic

    A joint project of the USC Gould School of Law, the USC Annenberg Center for Communication, and USC Information Services Division, the clinic represents clients in a wide-ranging set of projects related to cutting-edge issues in intellectual property and technology law.

  • International Human Rights Clinic

    The International Human Rights Clinic gives students the opportunity to work on projects and cases, both local and international, which confront the most pressing human rights concerns of our day. Under the supervision of Clinic Director Professor Hannah Garry, students seek justice on behalf of victims, hold perpetrators of serious human rights abuses accountable and work towards progressive development of the law. Through this experience, students acquire knowledge and skills for effective international lawyering and human rights advocacy while supporting the critical work of human rights advocates and organizations worldwide.

  • Mediation Clinic

    In the Mediation Clinic, students learn the dispute resolution skills required to become professional mediators, and then apply those skills by mediating actual court cases.

  • Post-Conviction Justice Project

    The clinic represents California federal and state inmates in post-conviction issues ranging from parole board hearings to petitions for writ of habeas corpus.

  • Small Business Clinic

    The Small Business Clinic provides basic corporate legal assistance to entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations, ranging from entity selection and formation to contract drafting.

  • USC Housing Law Clinic

    The Housing Clinic provides professional training in housing discrimination law, local affordable housing issues, landlord/tenant dispute resolution. Students enrolled in the clinic provide legal representation to affordable housing tenants under the direction of a supervising attorney. The clinic's client services may include housing information services, legal services and social services referrals, free tenant representation in administrative hearings, and landlord-tenant litigation services. Clinic caseload is limited to matters selected by supervising attorneys as appropriate for law student training, consistent with available clinic capacity, meeting the purposes of the housing clinic.

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