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Clinics Offered

  • Students represent low-income people in a variety of civil litigation matters in state courts, and federal and state agencies. Cases involve core poverty law matters, including eviction, wage and hour, public benefis and criminal record clearance. 

  • Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic represent indigent individuals accused of crimes in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. The cases encompass a wide range of misdemeanor offenses in which some of the more common charges include drug possession, assault, theft, and weapons possession.

  • In this small but hard-working clinic, students prosecute cases at the San Jose Superior Court under the guidance of Santa Clara County prosecutors and faculty supervisors.

  • Students provide legal counsel to national, regional, and grassroots nonprofit organizations on a variety of environmental issues, with a focus on biodiversity and conserving natural resources.

  • In the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (IRC), students represent immigrants in deportation proceedings before the San Francisco immigration court as well as other administrative bodies and the federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Explore human rights, conflict resolution and the human rights and conflict resolution movements through engagement in practice and critical thinking about situations of rights abuse and conflict. Students in the clinic develop and implement strategies to advance human rights and manage conflict, often in partnership with partners around the world.

  • Under close supervision of clinic instructors, students focus on complex matters of IP law in areas ranging from biotechnology to information technology, pharmaceuticals, clean technology, and the creation and distribution of information.

  • Students provide governance advice and documents, draft contract and management materials, and analyze operating programs and contractual arrangements for established Northern California nonprofit organizations.

  • The Religious Liberty Clinic offers students a dynamic, real-world experience representing a diverse group of clients in disputes arising from a wide range of religious beliefs, practices, and customs in a variety of circumstances.

  • The SLS Social Security Disability Project (SSDP), the Law School’s only in-house pro bono project, gives students the opportunity to work directly with local homeless clients.

  • Students litigate cases before the Supreme Court of the United States working on petitions for review, opposition to petitions, and merits briefs filed with the Justices.

  • Dedicated to educational rights and reform work, the Youth and Education Law Project represents both minors and families in special education and school discipline matters.