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Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree Program

With Concentration In

Clinical Education, Social Justice, and Systems Change

 

U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law—well known for its leadership in clinical legal education and for its public interest mission—is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities in the following clinics:

 

Community Development Legal Clinic

Immigration & Human Rights Clinic

HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic

Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic / 

Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth

 Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

 

LL.M. Program Description

The two-year LL.M. program includes coursework in clinical pedagogy, public interest law, and systems change.  LL.M. candidates will work under the supervision of the Law School’s experienced faculty to supervise and teach J.D. students enrolled in our clinics.

By the end of the second academic year each LL.M. candidate will produce a culminating project in the form of a scholarly work of publishable quality or project designed to impact systems change.   

- L.L.M. candidates will receive an annual stipend of $51,157 plus benefits.

- The program begins on August 1, 2014.

- Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

- Specific clinic descriptions begin below the Admissions Process.

 

Admissions Process

Please submit the following: 

  1. A response to the following questions in no more than 1,000 words (two pages): In your area of concentration, what systemic problems have you identified?  How do you envision using the law to transform the system?
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Law School Transcript (official)
  5. Two letters of recommendation from persons with personal knowledge of your capabilities and commitment to social justice.

Please send materials, except transcript, electronically to kforman@udc.edu.

Please enter LL.M. Application in the subject line.

 

Mail transcript to:

Karen Forman, Associate Dean, Public Interest, Clinical and Graduate Programs

University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, Building 52
Washington, DC  20008

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

 Questions?  Please contact:

                  Karen Forman, Associate Dean, Public Interest, Clinical and Graduate Programs

                  kforman@udc.edu

 

Clinic Descriptions

 

Community Development Legal Clinic

The Community Development Law Clinic endeavors to improve the economic, living, and social conditions in the low – wealth community by providing legal assistance to non-profit organizations, housing cooperatives, social entrepreneurs, and small businesses.   Students enrolled in the clinic learn transactional and business lawyering skills while helping clients establish and operate their businesses and programs.   There are no set limits to the nature of our practice, since assisting clients with organizational, and resource development encompasses a broad range of substantive law knowledge and practice skills.  In order to provide clients with comprehensive professional consulting and advocacy services, the clinic often collaborates with other community based organizations and professionals and co-counsels with law firms and other legal service providers.

Candidates should be a member of the DC Bar or be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, possession, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, and qualify to waive into the D.C. Bar. Candidates should have two years relevant practice experience.    

 

Immigration & Human Rights Clinic

The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents immigrants held in detention.  It also works on policy issues and systems change initiatives to improve the treatment of immigrants in the courts, in the community, and in the workplace. Depending on the scope of representation, students may represent clients at interviews with immigration officials and/or litigate in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, state court, United States District Court or the United States Court of Appeals.

Candidates must have a minimum of two years relevant practice experience and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest  court of any state, possession, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

 

HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic

The HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic provides comprehensive, general legal services to people infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS. Students represent clients in housing, public benefits, and family law and other litigation matters, and draft last wills and testaments, powers of attorney and other advanced directives.  Students also work on legislative and policy projects designed to effect system change. 

Candidates with at least two years of law practice or teaching experience preferred. Candidates should be a member of the DC Bar or willing to seek admission.

For additional information, please contact Professor Matt Fraidin at matthew.fraidin@gmail.com .

 

Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic / Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth

Clinic faculty and law students represent children and parents/guardians primarily in special education matters, with a focus on children with unmet special education needs who are facing school discipline, delinquency, or criminal sanctions. The Institute engages in system reform projects aimed at reversing the school-to-prison pipeline.

Candidates should be a member of the DC Bar, or eligible to waive in. At least two years of experience representing children charged in delinquency matters preferred.  Experience handling school discipline and special education matters is desirable. 

 

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

The Clinic represents taxpayers who have active tax controversies pending with the IRS, in U.S. Tax Court or state and local tax jurisdictions. Student attorneys learn to use a client-centered approach to protect taxpayer rights, reduce or prevent taxpayer burden, ensure equitable treatment of taxpayers and develop strategies leading to systemic change.

Candidates should have a minimum of two years relevant practice experience and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state possession, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

 


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