Federal Civil Rights Clinic
Students working in pairs are assigned to represent pro se litigants in federal civil rights trials in the United States Courthouse in Urbana. The students are selected on the basis of spring tryouts and approved by the U.S. District Court Judge sitting in Urbana, and are provisionally admitted to the trial bar pursuant to Rule 83.5 (A) of the Local Rules of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Working under Federal Clinical faculty supervision, these students will work with their actual clients to prepare and try a civil jury trial during the enrolled academic year. Availability of this opportunity is limited based on the District Court's docket, the interest of student attorneys, and the consent of pro se litigants. It is expected that up to ten students will be selected. They will meet in a seminar class once per week in the fall semester and as needed at all other times, including the spring semester.
The commitment to Federal Civil Rights Clinic is a two semester clinic with course credit of two graded hours in the fall semester and two graded hours in the spring semester.
Sequence and Prerequisites: Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Fundamentals of Trial Practice. Students selected and enrolled in the Federal Civil Rights Clinic are not eligible to participate on the College of Law Trial Team.