St. Thomas School of Law Viewbook

A Holistic Service for the Underserved The St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, which houses our clinics, is among the first of its kind in the country. Under the guidance of the center’s faculty, you will work side-by-side with students from the St. Thomas schools of social work and gradu- ate psychology to provide representation and assistance to the underserved populations of the Twin Cities.

Criminal and Juvenile Defense Clinic In the Criminal and Juvenile

Immigration Appellate Clinic In the Immigration Appellate Clinic, you will brief and argue appellate cases representing detainees and persons seeking asylum, many of whom had to represent themselves at trial.

Nonprofit Organizations Clinic This clinic helps nonprofit organizations get off the ground and develop a sustainable business model within a mission that promotes social and economic justice here and abroad.

Defense Clinic, you will identify and combat systemic injustices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems through representation of individual clients accused of crimes. Elder Law and Guardianship

Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic

The Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic offers you the chance to write appellate briefs, primarily amicus curiae briefs, in cases

Alternatives Clinic In the Elder Law and Guardianship Alternatives Clinic, you will provide legal services to seniors and persons with disabilities, as well as educate judges, attorneys, educators, social service providers and

involving religious liberty, rights of conscience more generally and selected issues involving the protection of human life. Special Education Clinic In the Special Education Clinic you will provide legal

assistance to students in grades K-12 by reviewing Individualized Education Program plans to ascertain compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education In the Trademark Clinic you will practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), counseling clients regarding trademark matters, and drafting and filing trademark applications, Act requirements. Trademark Clinic responses to PTO actions and other documents in trademark applications.

the general public about alternatives to guardianship, and

engage in public policy advocacy. Federal Commutations Clinic

The first of its kind in the country, the Federal Commutations Clinic serves a real need among federal inmates in a virtually unknown area of the law. You will provide guidance and assistance to inmates, and evaluate and prepare commutation petitions to be directed to the U.S. pardon attorney.

Immigration Law Practice Group In the Immigration Law Practice Group, you will represent immigrants seeking asylum as a result of persecution or a fear of persecution in their home countries, provide representation for those at detained master calendar hearings, and participate in immigrant-related advocacy projects on behalf of community organizations.


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