Reconstructed in 2010, Heritage Hall is the Lawyering Skills Center for the Law School. The original Heritage Hall was the oldest and last remaining building of Valparaiso University’s 1859 campus. Its historic character and design were retained and incorporated into the new building which supports the Law School’s skills curricula as well as houses the Legal Clinic. Heritage Hall includes customized learning spaces, including a state-of-the-art courtroom, built to support students’ skills learning and practice in the areas of appellate advocacy, dispute resolution, moot court, mock trial, client counseling, negotiation, arbitration, and pre-trial and trial practice.
The Legal Clinic at Heritage Hall houses the Law School’s nine live client clinics. Each year, selected third year students work on approximately 700 actual client cases in one of the following areas: Civil Law, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence, Civil Mediation, Criminal Law, Sports Law, Post-Conviction, Tax Law and Immigration. Clinic students take primary responsibility for every case they handle—from conducting discovery, preparing documents, and counseling clients to arguing and mediating cases to negotiating settlements. The Legal Clinic contains a secure private entrance, waiting and reception rooms, private client counseling offices, Clinic faculty offices, and student office space. A sophisticated video system is available for Clinic students to record their client counseling and other professional skills in practice sessions so that their supervising faculty attorney can mentor them in the development of key lawyering skills.