The General Practice Clinic is one of two new clinics to be offered beginning Fall 2014. The General Practice Clinic is a one-semester clinic in which student attorneys represent low-income clients, including those infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, in such areas as family law (child custody and kinship care, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, child support, divorce, and adoption), health, employment (wage-and-hour and Unemployment Insurance), TANF, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), bankruptcy, and estate planning. Students enrolled in the General Practice Clinic will use a range of legal skills on behalf of clients in settings that include administrative tribunals and trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia.
Furthering the mission of the law school, the General Practice Clinic will serve the needs of the community by addressing the array of civil legal needs facing low-income District residents. The Clinic will also expose second- and third-year students, who will be responsible for the overall management of the cases, to the diverse practice areas that they will encounter as solo and small firm general practitioners.
The weekly seminar component of the General Practice Clinic will cover topics such as client-centered representation, interviewing, trial skills, theory of the case, fact investigation, and client counseling.
Students enrolled in the Clinic will be assessed and evaluated based on the following core competencies: written communication, oral communication, practice management, professional responsibility, legal analysis and problem solving.
Contacting the General Practice Clinic
If you are seeking legal assistance, please contact
Jordana Arias, Clinic Paralegal, at (202) 274-5073.
General Practice Legal Clinic
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Building 52, Room 314
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 274-7312
Fax: (202) 274-5569
Clinic Supervisors: Professors LaShanda Adams, Matt Fraidin, and William McLain