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Pepperdine/Union Rescue Mission Legal Aid Clinic 

At Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic, law students seek justice on behalf of those whose voices are not easily heard. Through our partnerships with Union Rescue Mission and Covenant House of California , the Legal Aid Clinic provides direct legal assistance to teens and adults who are overcoming homelessness and poverty in Hollywood and Los Angeles' Skid Row.

From day one, clinic students are face to face with those in need, building rapport, interviewing and fact finding, and guiding vulnerable clients as they navigate the judicial system or government bureaucracy. Students assist clients with pressing legal issues that threaten their stability, including:

  • re-entry legal services, including seeking the dismissal of criminal convictions;
  • family law issues relating to child support, child custody and visitation;
  • human trafficking and victims of crime;
  • resolution of warrants;
  • assistance with government benefits;
  • consumer and debt issues.

The Legal Aid Clinic is taught by Professor Brittany Stringfellow Otey, who has directed the Clinic for over 15 years. In the Clinic seminar, students explore social, historical, and political complexities contributing to poverty. They develop their lawyering skills, grow in cross-cultural competencies, and discover their responsibility for future pro bono work. Clinic alums pursue a wide variety of career choices in both the public and private sector, but regularly cite participation in the Legal Aid Clinic as a highly transferable, rewarding, and formative law school experience.

For further information about the Pepperdine/Union Rescue Mission Legal Aid Clinic, please contact Professor Brittany Stringfellow Otey at (213) 673-4831 or email her at Brittany.Stringfellow@pepperdine.edu.