Picture yourself interviewing clients, negotiating with opposing counsel, and perhaps even trying cases in court. As a participant in one of the law clinics, you will be personally responsible for maintaining case files, corresponding with clients, and representing clients in court. At the course orientation, you will be introduced to substantive material in the practice areas of each of the clinics. Cases are then assigned from the practice groups within each of the clinics. You will have the freedom to make your own decisions on how to handle your cases, but faculty members are available to help when needed.
In service to the Central Pennsylvania Law Clinics, you will work closely with the local legal community, developing important relationships that will help you in your professional life. The Legal Service Program for Dauphin County, known as MidPenn Legal Services, refers many of the clinic’s clients, along with the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging, the YWCA Domestic Violence Clinic, and other service providers in the Central Pennsylvania area. The Clinics provide essential legal services, and you will gain personal fulfillment from helping the community.
The Central Pennsylvania Law Clinics emphasize the development of practical legal experience in a supportive atmosphere. Each Clinic is supervised by an attorney with years of experience in their area of practice. By working with these attorneys, you will acquire a solid foundation in Pennsylvania legal practices such as domestic relations, consumer law, civil procedure, elder law, litigation, and administrative law. By the end of your time in the Clinics, you will have acquired the skills needed to begin the practice of law.