Client Representation Clinics

Ann Juergens

Co-Director of Clinic Program

Peter B. Knapp

Co-Director of Clinic Program

Jean Backes

Administrative Coordinator, Clinics and Externships

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Real clients. Real experience. Real law.

Since our clinical program began in 1973, more than 7,000 students have served 18,000 clients who might not otherwise have had access to legal representation. The clients are mothers, fathers, immigrants, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. Some are elderly, unemployed, or accused criminals. They are real people with real legal issues. And because of this, our students get real experience.

In clinics, our students:

  • represent low-income renters
  • handle unemployment compensation appeals for employees
  • represent incarcerated persons in civil matters
  • provide legal services and assistance to women as they leave prison
  • work with clients to help prepare wills or health care directives
  • obtain tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations
  • draft contracts for non-profit organizations
  • file patent or trademark applications
  • work with community groups and small non-profits on legislative initiatives and community problems
  • obtain citizenship for immigrants

Clinic List

I took the Legal Aid Clinic and said ‘Wow! People get paid to do this. How cool!’ It was 1982. I still remember the case/client that made me want to do public interest work.

–Larry McDonough ’83
Managing Attorney, Housing Unit, Legal Aid Society Of Minneapolis

Business Law Clinic

Students work with practicing business and corporate lawyers to provide legal advice to eligible small business entrepreneurs. Students may have the opportunity to work on a variety of business law matters, including trademarks, contract drafting, corporate dissolution, and nonprofit incorporation.

Child Protection Clinic

Students represent parents whose children have been removed from the home. The students meet their clients at the initial hearing and continue to represent their clients throughout the case, including a trial if necessary. The cases in this clinic come from Ramsey County.

Civil Advocacy Clinic

Students take full responsibility for representing real clients against real opponents. Students interview and counsel clients, direct discovery and fact investigation, negotiate settlements, prepare trial memos and motions, and conduct district court trials and administrative hearings. Cases cover a variety of subject areas.

Community Development Clinic

Students work with individuals, nonprofits, or community groups on issues involving neighborhood revitalization, fair housing, affordable housing, or community economic development. The work may be transactional, legislative, litigation, or educational.The Community Development Clinic is funded in part by the Otto Bremer Foundation.

Criminal Appeals Clinic

Students prepare an appellate brief on behalf of a criminal defendant under the supervision of a state public defender. Students also participate in a mock appellate argument before a three-judge panel.

Immigration Law Clinic

Students represent low-income clients in administrative proceedings before the Immigration and Naturalization Service and federal court. Cases concern the immigration status of aliens. Students interview and counsel clients, research laws and regulations, write briefs, prepare for hearings, and act as trial counsel at evidentiary hearings.

Indian Law Clinic

The Indian Law Clinic is available for upper-level students who are interested in Federal Indian Law.

Intellectual Property Clinic

Nationally and internationally recognized faculty members bridge the gap between legal theory and practice, providing students opportunities to develop practical intellectual property law skills in a variety of specialized areas.

Law and Psychiatry Clinic

A joint academic project between William Mitchell and the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, this clinic provides psychiatric evaluations in forensic settings. Law students observe evaluations and participate in “case conferences” in which the psychiatric findings and applicable legal standards are discussed.

Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP) Clinic

Students provide civil representation to low-income persons incarcerated in Minnesota, representing clients from interview through any trial. Cases include domestic relations, imprisonment-related matters (institutional grievances, parole, and detainers), and the full range of other civil problems, including debtor-creditor, wills, contracts, torts, and civil rights issues.

The Reentry Clinic

Students provide legal services and assistance to women as they leave the state women’s prison in Shakopee, Minnesota.  An extension of William Mitchell’s LAMP Clinic, this clinic provides a holistic model of representation.

Legal Planning Clinic for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Low Income Clients (formerly Tax Planning Clinic)

Students work with practicing tax attorneys representing eligible individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations on tax planning and related matters. In the course of representation, students interview and counsel clients, conduct negotiations, research tax law and related issues, and draft ruling requests, organizational documents, and other tax-related documents.

Misdemeanor Clinic

Students prosecute misdemeanor cases and are involved in numerous courtroom appearances on behalf of the prosecution in all phases of the misdemeanor case. Each student, under the direct supervision of a practicing city attorney, observes and conducts the charging of cases, arraignments, pretrial conferences, court trials, and, where possible, a jury trial.

Each case is unique

Students’ knowledge of the law is put to the test, their legal practice skills are sharpened, their judgment honed. The work is rigorous and important. Just like the real world.

Our faculty

William Mitchell was one of the first law schools to devote full-time, tenured faculty to its clinical program. Co-directors Professors Peter B. Knapp and Ann Juergens supervise four to six full-time faculty, nine supervising adjuncts, and close to 20 field supervisors.

Clinics: Reaching out into the community

William Mitchell’s nationally ranked clinical programs, one of the first established at a U.S. law school, are an excellent opportunity for students who want to obtain the knowledge, skill, and gratification of working with actual clients. Each case is unique and may require many hours. We are committed to public service and our programs are essential to the William Mitchell community and beyond.