The Catholic University of America

Civil Practice Clinic


The Civil Practice Clinic (CP) is a general practice law office that is designed to serve the legal needs of financially eligible District of Columbia residents. The caseload of the clinic encompasses the full range of civil law matters, including housing, consumer, family, probate, bankruptcy, and administrative law matters. Given the diverse array of cases handled by CP, students have the opportunity to learn the personal and professional skills involved in providing complete and client-centered representation.

In addition to the time spent in the clinic on case-related work, students attend a three-hour seminar once a week. The seminar includes lectures and class discussions on substantive areas of law; participatory exercises in interviewing, negotiations, and selected aspects of trial techniques; discussions of ethical considerations, recent common law and statutory developments, and the clinic's current cases.

CP is open to all 2nd and 3rd year students and there are no course prerequisites. Students earn 6 credits and commit 20 hours per week (including the weekly class seminar). With permission, students may be permitted to reenroll in CP for subsequent semester for 3 credits or for 1 credit.

Clinical Reflection of an International Student

In Summer 2012, CCLS hosted British law student Elliott Keech. Elliott spent the week learning about U.S. law and working in the clinic under the supervision of Faith Mullen. Read Elliott's story.

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