At the Stanford Community Law Clinic law students provide legal counsel and advocacy for low-income residents of East Palo Alto (EPA) and surrounding communities. They learn skills essential to just about any area of legal practice while also learning to think critically about the role of lawyers and lawyering in solving the problems of America’s poor.
Articles in ‘Clinical Education’
It is easy to talk about the growth of Stanford Law School’s clinical program by focusing on numbers. We now have 10 clinical programs; 10 faculty members leading clinics; 9 clinical instructors; 7 support staff; 130 students enrolled in clinics each year; and 20,000 square feet of dedicated clinical space. [...]
As California grapples with its budget and prison challenges, students enrolled in Stanford Law School’s Three Strikes Project have been chipping away at the issue since 2009 by representing incarcerated clients. To date, some 25 individuals sentenced to life in prison for nonviolent third strikes have been resentenced with their help. And last year, students enrolled in the project dove into something new.
It’s safe to say that the “global village” envisioned by Marshall McLuhan a half century ago is here—with instantaneous electronic connections between nations, businesses, and individuals readily available at the click of a mouse or touch of a cell phone keypad. As communication between nations has developed, so too has awareness of shared experiences, differences, and human rights.
Stanford Law School’s newest class is already breaking records. The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law announced this month that 89 percent of the Class of 2014 has made a commitment to participate in one of the center’s pro bono projects before graduation—the highest [...]