The Law Clinic
Established in 1969, the Law Clinic serves the community as a licensed law firm where third year law students represent disadvantaged clients, at no or low cost, who would not otherwise have access to legal services.
The Law Clinic is comprised of nine live-client clinics in the following law practice areas: Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Immigration, Juvenile, Mediation, Post-Conviction, Sports, and Tax. Students who participate in the Law Clinic develop a full range of lawyering skills in advocacy, negotiation, mediation, representation, and more.
The Externship Program
Externships award course credit while giving students the opportunity to work for attorneys and build their lawyering skills. Students work on-site at law offices in the region, including Chicago, Indianapolis, and Valparaiso, as well as across the country. Valparaiso Law has established externship sites at more than 175 offices that include county, state, and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Students are encouraged to begin participating in externships after their first year of study.
The Pro Bono Program
Valparaiso Law students are required to complete 40 hours of public service under the supervision of an attorney prior to graduation. This pro bono requirement can be satisfied by assisting attorneys representing governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, or disadvantaged clients. Assisting judges as law clerks may also satisfy the requirement.
The Pro Bono Program is administered through the Career Planning Center which holds informational meetings during the academic year. Pro Bono informational materials, which include the placement confirmation form, student’s log of hours, and supervisor’s report, are provided at the meetings and are also available in the CPC office.
Rule 6.1 of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct
“A lawyer should render public interest legal service. A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee or at a reduced price to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations, by service in activities for improving the law, the legal system or the legal profession and by financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.”