Hands-on experience is a core component of our curriculum and complements classroom learning. Clinics provide students with unique opportunities to develop practical skills under the close supervision of a faculty member and other legal professionals.
The Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic provides experience in practicing law and trial advocacy in the context of domestic violence. Third year law students develop the skills necessary for effective client representation, including interviewing, investigation, negotiation, drafting pleadings and correspondence, and direct and cross-examination.
In the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, students represent local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on transactional legal issues critical to their success. Client services include assistance and counseling on entity selection and formation, regulatory compliance and licensing, advice on trademark and copyright protection, and lease and contract review, negotiation, and preparation. Prospective ECDC clients can access the Pro Bono Legal Assistance Application here.
The Indigent Defense Clinic provides third year law students with the opportunity to represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in Hamilton County. With one-on-one supervision, each student is mentored by a practicing criminal defense attorney.
The Ohio Innocence Project seeks to identify and assist prison inmates who claim to be innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. OIP students review inmate requests and assist with investigations to determine whether the request meets the screening criteria. They also work on cases where new evidence supports the inmate’s claim of innocence. The OIP is one of the premier innocence projects in the country and the only one in Ohio.
In the Sixth Circuit Clinic, students work closely with an attorney on cases pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Students attend arguments at the Court and participate in mooting the attorneys for oral argument.