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EILC Clinic

Clinical Law

Supervised by law professors, the clinics serve the public while exposing students to all phases of lawyering, including drafting briefs, trial advocacy, negotiating, and interviewing.

WVU’s clinical law program provides, on average, more than 40,000 hours of pro bono legal aid per year. The national legal rating service Super Lawyers presented the Clinical Law Program with the 2012 Excellence in Pro Bono Award. 

Since its founding in the 1976-77 academic year, the Clinical Law Program has provided more than 600,000 hours of pro bono legal service to more than 2,000 clients. In the process, the Program has help train more than 1,000 students to be client ready.

2016-17 Clinic Highlights PDF

2015-16 Clinic Highlights PDF 

WVU Law offers clinical law opportunities in 9 areas: General Practice; Child & Family Advocacy with Medical-Legal Partnership; Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Immigration; Innocence Project; Taxpayer Advocacy; Land Use & Sustainable Development; United States Supreme Court; and Veterans Advocacy.

The clinical law program is structured like a major law firm so that students can gain work experience across multiple practice areas.

It is directed by  Marjorie McDiarmid, Steptoe & Johnson Professor of Law, with  Valena Beety, associate professor of law, serving as deputy director.

Recent accomplishments of the WVU clinical law program include obtaining asylum for Syrian refugees, clearing a man’s name from the sex offender registry, and signing an agreement with the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg — the first of its kind between a VA hospital and a law school.

Working in the clinical law program helps students develop practice-ready skills. Heavy emphasis is placed on the development of the professional lawyer role with particular attention to the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

Clinic students cover Monongalia County Domestic Violence Docket

Students from all clinics cover the Domestic Violence docket every Thursday morning in the Monongalia County Family Court. Students assist petitioners requesting service on those days. On average, five to seven clients seek assistance every session, for a total of more than two hundred clients a year. Their cases range from assaults to stalking to child abuse. The students interview the clients and then assist them in presenting their cases to the Judge. 

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