The Law School’s vision is to offer a robust and diverse array of stand-alone clinics that are available to students in the second and third years, including a twelve-credit semester in practice externship for qualified third-year students. The Law School’s approach is reflective of its mission to produce ethical, high-quality graduates, increase access to legal representation, and be on the vanguard of curricular reform. With its first clinic already named as one of the most innovative in the United States by the National Jurist, the Law School is well on its way to achieving that goal. The Law School’s clinical program will include the following components:
- Live-client representation and counseling under the supervision of the Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, experienced faculty members, and practicing attorneys;
- Formative and summative assessments that to ensure that students received detailed feedback, engage in self-evaluation and reflection, and refine their practical skills; and
- A classroom component where students acquire doctrinal knowledge, reflect on their experiences, and develop core lawyering competencies.
Ultimately, the Law School’s clinics are consistent with its broader curricular goal to provide a fully-integrated and assessment-driven program of experiential education that trains students in the core competencies and soft skills to succeed in law practice. The clinical program strives to maximize learning outcomes, prepare students to be ethical and competent attorneys, and provide outstanding public service to the local, state, and regional communities.
The Appellate Litigation Clinic is a two-credit clinic that provides students with substantial opportunities to engage in pro bono representation of indigent clients at the appellate level. This includes drafting direct and collateral appeals on behalf of inmates in state and federal prisons. Students perform a variety of lawyering tasks including, but not limited to, screening potential clients, conducting research, drafting notices of appeal and appellate briefs, and appearing before appellate courts.
The Clinic includes a classroom component that meets for two hours per week. Classroom instruction and clinic assignments are designed to maximize student competency in critical and context-based analytical skills, persuasive written and oral communication, research skills, professionalism and appreciation for diversity, and problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills.
The United States Supreme Court Amicus Project is a three-credit course taught by Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of Law Adam Lamparello, who is a member of the Supreme Court Bar. Qualified upper-level students have the opportunity to assist in researching and drafting amicus briefs on constitutional law issues relating to, among other things, free speech, due process, liberty, and privacy. Recent Amicus Briefs previously filed by Associate Deans, Adam Lamparello and Charles E. MacLean, as well as students enrolled in the course include:
- Danny Birchfield v. North Dakota
- Whole Women’s Health v. Kirk Cole
- Kalyanaram v. New York Institute of Technology
- Hall v. Florida
- Heien v. North Carolina
- Riley v. California
- City of Los Angeles v. Patel
- Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
Students assist in mediating disputes between litigants in Indiana state courts.