Students at the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission (URM) represent clients who are homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The Legal Aid Clinic gives students the opportunity to serve residents of the URM and the surrounding community on Skid Row. The Clinic is housed in the URM, one of the largest homeless shelters in Los Angeles. The URM embraces people experiencing homelessness and provides its residents with supportive services designed to help the individual find hope for a changed life. Our students are trained to provide direct services to URM clients, developing sensitivity for assisting low-income clients, and discovering the responsibility for future pro bono work.
The Legal Aid Clinic focuses on providing re-entry legal services to clients, including but not limited to the dismissal of criminal convictions which are barriers to employment; family law issues relating to child support, child custody and visitation and restraining orders; resolution of traffic warrants which can be a bar to obtaining a valid driver's license; and assistance with government benefits and consumer and debt issues. The students will interview the clients, consult with the directing attorney to develop a service plan for the client, conduct legal research, and draft appropriate correspondence, pleadings, motions, and legal memoranda. The students will also learn to use the Clinic's case management database for maintaining confidential client records.
Students participating in the clinic see clients' cases through from start to finish, under the supervision of full time Clinical Faculty. In addition, the clinic presents legal education programs to various social service organizations and community groups, making the Pepperdine name known and appreciated in unlikely settings.
For further information about the Pepperdine/Union Rescue Mission Legal Aid Clinic, please contact Professor Brittany Stringfellow Otey at (213) 347-6300 x4413 or e-mail her at