At Oklahoma City University School of Law, clinical education is a vital part of our mission to prepare students to become responsible professionals. Our clinics also provide a realistic picture for students of the real-world challenges, responsibilities, and rewards of a career-any career-in law. By handling actual cases, students make the transition from legal theory to legal practice. We also take pride in the fact that our clinics provide free legal services to many community members who could not otherwise hire an attorney. In addition, it is one of the ways we give back to our community.
AMERICAN INDIAN WILLS CLINIC
A clinical experience in which students, under the supervision of a faculty clinician, will provide wills and estate planning services to American Indians owning trust or restricted property in Oklahoma. Clinic students are primariliy responsible for all case-related work, including fact gathering, development of legal theory, and initial document drafting. Additionally, students are expected to work an average of 6 to 10 hours per week providing legal services during the semester, exclusive of class time and preparation for class. The classroom component complements students’ field work with a practice-oriented examination of advocacy and substantive law in the context of American Indian Wills Services.
Prerequisites: Legal Profession and Wills, Trusts, and Estates. American Indian Law or Tribal Law is recommended, but not a prerequisite.
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OKLAHOMA INNOCENCE CLINIC
Oklahoma City University School of Law has the only Innocence Clinic in the state where students work to help identify and rectify wrongful convictions in the state of Oklahoma. Students conduct investigations and make recommendations regarding litigation. Students travel around the state of Oklahoma to conduct investigations and for training. Students may draft pleadings, motions, and briefs and appear in court in connection with proceedings to obtain post-conviction relief for innocent persons who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes. The clinic includes weekly meetings devoted to training and to the discussion of the status of ongoing case assessment and investigation. The clinic is a continuation of the Wrongful Conviction course.
Prerequisites: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Wrongful Conviction
The clinic is the classroom work. The Oklahoma Innocence Project refers to the scope of activity that takes place outside of the class including investigation, litigation and other work.
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