The Valparaiso University Law Clinic is no longer accepting new clients. If you are in need of legal assistance, please contact Northwest Indiana Volunteer Lawyers at http://www.nwivolunteerlawyers.org/ or Indiana Legal Services at 219.738.6040.
The Law Clinic
Established in 1967, 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 live-client clinics in the following law practice areas: Appellate Representation – Complex Cases, Criminal, Domestic Violence, General Practice, Immigration, Juvenile, 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 200 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 60 hours of legal or law-related pro bono service under the supervision of an attorney prior to graduation. The Program is administered by the Career Planning Center.
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. 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:
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.”