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General Practice Clinic

The General Practice Clinic is a one-semester clinic in which student attorneys represent low-income clients, primarily survivors of domestic violence, in family law litigation cases. Student attorneys work in teams, under the supervision of clinic faculty, to prepare their clients' cases at each stage of the litigation process, including drafting pleadings, preparing pre-trial motions and discovery, negotiating with opposing parties or counsel, and, when applicable, bringing the case to trial. At each stage of the case, students serve as their clients' primary representatives before judges in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

In the clinic seminar, students develop the legal skills and knowledge necessary to complete their case work, including client interviewing and counseling, client-centered lawyering, professional responsibility and ethics, negotiation skills, evidence, and components of trial practice. Students also have opportunities to reflect on and discuss, as a law firm, their experiences in case work, and work together to refine their approach to legal problem-solving, decision-making, and the exercise of professional judgment.

The General Practice Clinic is particularly valuable for students who may choose to become solo or small firm general practitioners, focus on family law, or seek employment with non-profit law firms that serve low-income persons.

Contacting the General Practice Clinic

If you are seeking legal assistance, please call (202) 274-5073.

General Practice Legal Clinic
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Room 314
Washington, DC 20008

Tel: (202) 274-7312
Fax: (202) 274-5569

Clinic Directors: Professors Tianna Gibbs and Andrew Budzinski


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