USD School of Law's free legal clinics offer assistance to underserved members of society while providing opportunities for students to learn first-hand from highly skilled attorneys and interact directly with actual clients. Gifts to the legal clinics help the public and help students gain valuable legal experience before graduating from the law school. Check out the great work the legal clinics are doing by visiting Case Notes, USD's legal clinics blog.
The Appellate Clinic provides students the opportunity to litigate an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is a year-long clinic in which teams of students will handle appeals from start to finish.
Child Advocacy Clinic
USD's Child Advocacy Clinic is operated by the Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI), a statewide center dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of California's children. The Child Advocacy Clinic represents minors in child abuse and neglect proceedings, represents minors charged with offenses in delinquency proceedings and works on a variety of policy and advocacy projects.
Assists in supplemental Social Security Income and Social Security disability, uninsured motorist defense and consumer issues.
Places students with a prosecuting or defending trial agency in the criminal justice system.
Education and Disability Clinic
Represents clients at meetings with school district personnel and Regional Center Staff. Matters include school discipline (suspensions and expulsions), special education placement and services, Regional Center and Early Start services, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Provides comprehensive legal assistance to individuals who wish to start or expand a small business or not-for-profit organization, as well as for trademark and copyright issues.
Federal Income Tax Clinic
Represents taxpayers who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service in matters such as collection actions or audits, earned income tax credits and offers in compromise.
Offers assistance for immigration-related problems such as asylum, immigrating family members, naturalization and deportation.
Public Interest Law Clinic
Students choose a research or advocacy project focused on regulatory or public interest law topics.
Represents low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the Franchise Tax Board in matters of state tax appeals.
This clinic is a joint effort between USD Legal Clinics and the California State Board of Equalization. Under the supervision of an attorney from the California State Board of Equalization’s Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office, students will represent clients with Sales and Use Tax appeals before the Board of Equalization.
Provides free legal assistance to veterans in disputes with for-profit institutions over the use of GI Bill funds and predatory lending associated with education loans. Legal services range from advice to identification of potential claims to representation of student veterans in litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Veterans Clinic Challenge
The C.E. and S. Foundation has pledged $90,000 in challenge funds to match gifts to the Veterans Legal Clinic. Donors can double the impact of their gift and help the clinic provide free services to veterans who are in disputes regarding GI benefits, appealing disability claims, or seeking to upgrade their discharge characterization.
Assists lower-income workers with a variety of employment law issues including employee rights, discrimination, medical leave, workplace safety, unpaid wages, unemployment benefits, harassment, and wrongful termination.
Make a gift on USD's secure giving webpage. For more information about giving to the law school's clinics, please call the Development and Donor Relations Office at (619) 260-4692.