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
Participation in pro bono service is very much a part of the culture of Valparaiso Law. There is a pro bono service graduation requirement but collectively our students greatly exceed what is required.
- To introduce law students to the professional obligation of attorneys to perform pro bono work, the benefits of public service and the needs of the under-represented in society;
- To encourage attorneys in the local area and elsewhere to fulfill their pro bono obligation by partnering with Valparaiso Law students to expand legal services to those with limited access to the system;
Acceptable Activities – In general the intent is to make students available to assist attorneys in the representation contemplated by Rule 6.1 of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, which states:
A lawyer should render public interest legal service. A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee 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.