The Pepperdine Clinical Education Program provides students with opportunities to practice law, to work with clients, to learn from expert practitioners, to observe the work of lawyers and courts, to grow as professionals and to seek justice. In our clinics, students practice law under the supervision of law professors with real clients and high stakes, in a rigorous learning environment. In externships, students work in the field with expert practitioners and judges in hundreds of field placements throughout Southern California and the nation. In practicums, students gain intensive experience in specialized field placements with expert faculty guidance in their field. In each of these programs, students learn lessons, virtues and skills that will transfer to every aspect of their future careers.
In the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission students represent clients who are homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Students provide pro bono legal services in a variety of civil matters, including family law, income tax, consumer law, benefit controversies and post-conviction reentry. Students perform live client interviewing and counseling, legal research, motion preparation, and client representation in court. In addition, the clinic presents legal education programs to various social service organizations and community groups.
In the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic students represent families with children with disabilities to ensure that they receive excellent educational resources to advance their opportunities to promote their dignity. Students represent families in administrative actions, negotiate on behalf of parents for adequate accommodations, and provide advice and counsel to empower families to be effective advocates by building their knowledge of the law and regulatory processes and teaching them the skills necessary to advocate for themselves in administrative proceedings.
In the Asylum and Refugee Clinic students represent indigent and underprivileged foreign-born clients who seek asylum in the United States based on fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, political opinion or membership in particular social groups. Students work with supervising attorneys to represent these clients in federal immigration court and work through every phase of these cases, from client interview through final hearings.
In the Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic students represent indigent clients as court-appointed counsel in briefing and arguing appeals before the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Students evaluate strategy and legal issues, research intensively, write and submit appellate briefs and present oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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In JD Externships students work in the field with lawyers and judges for academic credit. Students work with expert practitioners in hundreds of field placements in public interest, public service, judicial, military, and select entertainment and in-house corporate law offices. Students gain critical insight into the work and culture of the bench and bar and gain valuable experience to prepare them for practice.
In the Washington D.C. Externship Experience students gain extraordinary experience working full-time in law offices for the government, non-profits, or other related entities, while completing coursework, networking for post-graduate employment, and experiencing the legal and cultural environment of our nation's vibrant and exciting capital.
In Pepperdine's new practicum courses, students work in specialized field placements under supervision of experienced practitioners and with enhanced rigor and focus from expert faculty. The first practicum course is the Tax Appeals Assistance Practicum, in cooperation with the Office of the Taxpayers' Rights Advocate within California's State Board of Equalization, where students represent disadvantaged tax payers in their appeals to state tax court. The second practicum is the Juvenile Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum, in cooperation with the L.A. County Sheriff's Camp Gonzalez probation facility for teens in the juvenile justice system. There, students work with experienced faculty to teach peacemaking and dispute resolution to teens in detention and to learn about the juvenile justice system, demanding cultural competence and dispute resolution. The Clinic Education Program is working to design new practicum opportunities for students in criminal, intellectual property and international human rights practices.
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