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Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic

Get ready to stand out as a lawyer who stands up for what matters. As a St. Thomas Law student, you have opportunities to tackle legal challenges well before you graduate. You’ll be immersed in critical legal issues through our clinics, working alongside faculty experts and motivated classmates. You’ll apply what you learn – and learn even more because of it. LEGAL CLINICS With 14 legal clinics to choose from, you will have broad social impact in an area that inspires you. Our intensive clinics are one reason we rank No. 2 in the nation for practical training (National Jurist, 2020). 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals I n each of the past five years, students working in the Appellate Clinic have won major victories in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on prisoners’ rights cases. In this clinic, you will review trial court records, identify and research issues for appeal, prepare opening and reply briefs, and present oral arguments in federal appellate court.

In the Bankruptcy Litigation Clinic, you will handle federal bankruptcy cases from beginning to end, drafting complaints, conducting discovery, participating in motion practice and representing clients at the trial. Catholic Social Thought and the United Nations This clinic integrates international law, Catholic social teaching and international relations, culminating in a one- week lobbying experience at the United Nations. Community Justice Project The Community Justice Project builds bridges with community stakeholders and solves problems in distressed communities. You will conduct intensive research into practical solutions to long-standing challenges such as police brutality and racial disparities in criminal justice and education.

Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic I n the Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic, you will learn the practical application of bankruptcy case law by appearing in court and in front of bankruptcy judges, arguing motions, defending depositions,

participating in settlement negotiations and counseling clients on litigation risks.

The Appellate Clinic brought the access-to-justice crisis to life, and helped me understand the everyday challenges that prisoners confront when pursuing their legal claims. The experience taught me how to be an effective

appellate advocate but, more importantly, it taught me the importance of using my legal education to help underserved members of our society. -Lindsey Rowland ‘18 J.D.


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