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LAW640 Domestic Violence Internship

Course Description

This innovative collaboration between JFK University College of Law and Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) provides law students with real-life experience in the field of domestic violence, working directly with public interest attorneys and their clients from disadvantaged communities. Interns conduct client interviews, prepare pleadings, perform legal and factual research, and prepare for court hearings. Students certified by The State Bar of California may be eligible to provide direct representation to clients in court under attorney supervision. Interns will also assist with the daily demands of a fully functioning legal services office and may participate in various BayLegal advocacy projects. Students must have a demonstrated capacity to work respectfully and collaboratively with the given client population, supervising attorneys, and supervising faculty. Priority will be given to advanced students with strong academic records able to make a two-semester commitment. Ability to speak a language needed to serve the given client population is a significant factor considered in enrollment for this course.

Enrollment only with express approval of faculty.


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