Get out of the classroom. And onto the case.
Clinics provide an opportunity for students to work on real-world legal cases. By handling actual cases, students make the transition from legal theory to legal practice. We take pride in the fact that our clinics provide free legal services to clients who could not otherwise afford to hire an attorney. It is one of the many ways we give back to our community.
Under the supervision of a faculty clinician, students provide wills and estate planning services to American Indians owning trust or restricted property in Oklahoma. Clinic students are primarily responsible for all case-related work including fact gathering, developing legal theories, and initial document drafting. Students are faced with a challenge since passing down tribal land due to the relationship between the U.S. Government and tribes can make estate planning more complicated. During the semester, students are expected to provide legal services for average of 6 to 10 hours per week outside of class time. The classroom component complements students’ field work.
Prerequisites: Legal Profession and Wills, Trusts, and Estates. American Indian Law, or Tribal Law is recommended, but not a prerequisite.
Oklahoma City University School of Law is home to the Oklahoma Innocence Project, the only Innocence Clinic in the state. Students work to identify and rectify wrongful convictions by conducting investigations and making recommendations regarding litigation. Students draft pleadings, motions, briefs, and appear in court to obtain post-conviction relief for the clinic’s clients. Students in the clinic participate in weekly meetings devoted to training and status of the case assessment and investigation. The clinic is a continuation of the Wrongful Conviction course.
Prerequisites: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and Wrongful Conviction
Note: The clinic is a classroom activity. “The Oklahoma Innocence Project” refers to the scope of activity that takes place outside of the class including investigation, litigation, and other work.
The Norick Municipal Law Research Clinic, in partnership with the City of Oklahoma City’s Municipal Counselor’s Office, provides students an opportunity to explore and research municipal law. Students are paired with attorney mentors and research issues handled by the office including criminal justice, civil litigation, labor and employment, land use and economic development, trusts, utilities, elections, and finance. Students develop professional skills through live client meetings, in-depth research, and drafting formal research memoranda. The semester-long experience culminates with a client presentation where students present and discuss their research findings.
No prerequisites required.
An application is required for this clinic.