About the Civil Practice Clinic

Students are given the responsibility to represent clients with legal problems in a range of areas including: family law, public benefits, employment, consumer and estate planning. To the extent possible, assigned cases will reflect areas of interest to participating students.

The Civil Practice Clinic undertakes a limited number of cases, selected in close consultation with and through referral from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. With a small caseload, students will have the opportunity to thoroughly investigate and prepare client matters entrusted to them, and they will be able to make independent judgments in a supervised clinical setting. Assessment and reflection of the strategic decisions made and advocacy skills utilized promote the professional development of the student as an effective and ethical legal practitioner.

Background

The Civil Practice Clinic was initiated in the Fall semester of 2001 and is supervised by Professor Larry Spain who joined the faculty after 18 years as the clinical program director at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Students are also supervised by Clinical Fellow,Terri Morgeson (Tech Law '04), who joined the Clinical Programs in the Fall 2008 semester.

Under the supervision of Professor Spain and Professor Wendy Ross (Family Law and Housing Clinic supervisor), the Civil Practice Clinic initiated a Night Court Divorce Project in cooperation with the Lubbock County Courts and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas to address concerns about the lack of access to the courts for low-income individuals seeking a divorce.