Student lawyers work under the supervision of skilled faculty to
engage in practical legal thinking and ethical practice through
client representation, policy development, and effective
problem-solving work in experiential settings.
This clinic works with developers to create high-quality housing for low-income families, the elderly, targets of domestic violence and persons with disabilities. In the 19 years since it was launched, the clinic has leveraged nearly $165 million in public and private funds to create close to 2,000 units of affordable housing in Western New York.
The Environmental Policy Clinic works with non-profit
environmental groups to protect the environmental and ecological
resources of the Great Lakes basin. Clinic students gain practical
legal experience in environmental advocacy, client representation
and community-based conservation.
Through this clinic, students in SUNY Buffalo Law School’s dual program in Law and Social Work gain experience in legal service agencies, social service agencies, prosecutor offices, or therapeutic courts such as drug and domestic violence courts.
The increasingly vital craft of conflict resolution is the focus of the Law School’s Mediation Clinic. Working on cases referred by local courts or other mediation agencies, students help resolve disputes in family law, small claims and the community.
Focusing on the problems of access to and payment for long-term
medical care, students in this clinic handle individual cases,
including client counseling, negotiations, administrative hearings
and litigation. The clinic also has developed educational programs
for consumers, health care providers and agency personnel.
Practicums are designed to give students an opportunity to study
a substantive area and combine it with service learning.
Healthy Homes Legal Practicum. Students advocate for safer living conditions in the City of Buffalo. Their work ranges from research to drafting proposed ordinances to working on Housing Court cases, on behalf of citizens at risk from such dangers as lead, asbestos and mold, typically in rented apartments. The practicum also provides legal support to the National Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, which has chosen Buffalo as one of 17 pilot cities for its work in promoting safer housing.
Criminal Law Practicum. Students will spend about 10 hours a week observing and assisting practitioners who represent indigent defendants as assigned counsel in county, state and federal courts. Course requirements include assigned reading, weekly journaling to reflect on the students’ experiences in practice, and an end-of-semester white paper on a legal topic that grows from their work. These papers are published on the Law School’s Web site, making them available to practicing attorneys and scholars worldwide, and also demonstrating the students’ analytical and legal writing skills.
For more information about our Clinical Legal Education programs, please contact:
Clinical Legal Education Program
SUNY Buffalo Law School
507 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100