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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.

  • The IP and Innovation Clinic was established with generous support from Stanford Law School alumnus Stephen Juelsgaard, JD '82. Students in the Juelsgaard Clinic advocate on behalf of clients for sound innovation policies and a balanced relationship between law, regulation and innovation in areas ranging from biotechnology to information technology, pharmaceuticals, clean technology, and the creation and distribution of information. The core vision of the Clinic is that intellectual property law and the regulatory climate must be developed with acute sensitivity to the ways in which laws and regulations can serve to promote or frustrate vital innovation.

  • 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 is the only clinic of its kind in the country. The landmark program offers participating students a full-time, first-chair experience representing a diverse group of clients in legal disputes arising from a wide range of beliefs, practices, and 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.