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Clinical Legal Education

Clinics

Professor Kim Diana Connolly, director of clinical legal education, teaching an Environmental Policy Clinic.

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.

Our Clinical Legal Education program offers diverse and sophisticated practice opportunities to upper-class and LL.M. students working closely with skilled supervising attorneys. Our clinical offerings involve cutting-edge issues and complex matters in which creativity and innovation play key roles in serving clients effectively. Our clinics empower you to be successful.

2014-15 Clinics

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The Affordable Housing and Community Development Clinic provides transactional legal assistance to community-based nonprofit organizations, small businesses and local developers partnering with nonprofit entities. 

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The Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights Law & Policy Clinic provides law students with an in-depth look at the myriad ways in which women’s lives are impacted by intimate partner violence, as well as the steps society has taken to address this pervasive problem.

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Buffalo is the third-poorest city in the nation and many of its citizens face a daily struggle for housing, employment, food, and energy security.  Solving these problems will require sharp minds that can address the legal and policy matters raised by these issues in holistic and creative ways. This clinic will recognize that some of the largest barriers to economic justice are discrimination, threats to civil liberties, and other institutional obstacles.

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The Environmental Law & Policy Clinic focuses on state, national, and international environmental policy issues that have direct impact on Western New York as well as national and international implications. Student attorneys will coordinate directly with a bi-national task force and perform legal research regarding Canadian and US Federal Law as well as state, provincial, and local requirements.

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The Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic (HJC) offers law students practical experience through work on direct client representations and collaborative systems-change projects.

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The Immigrants’ Rights and International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic will represent individual and organizational clients in immigration, labor, discrimination practices, human rights, and other matters in both immigration and human rights proceedings.

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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.

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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.

2013-14 Clinics

Below you are our 2013-14 Clinics. Clinical offerings for the 2014-15 academic year can be found at the Records, Registration, & Financial Aid Office (PDF).

Administrative & Regulatory Advocacy Clinic

The Administrative & Regulatory Advocacy 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.

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Affordable Housing Clinic

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 more than two decades 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.

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Consumer and Financial Advocacy Clinic

In SUNY Buffalo Law’s newest clinic, students provide limited-scope legal advice to unrepresented consumer debtor-defendants. Students leave with litigation and other consumer advocacy experience helping real people facing heartbreaking financial issues. 

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Environmental Law & Policy Clinic

The Environmental Law & Policy Clinic focuses on state, national, and international environmental policy issues that have direct impact on Western New York as well as national and international implications. Student attorneys will coordinate directly with a bi-national task force and perform legal research regarding Canadian and US Federal Law as well as state, provincial, and local requirements.

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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.

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Law and Social Work Clinic

Mediation Clinic

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.

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William and Mary Foster Elder Law Clinic

The Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic is committed to preventing domestic violence and promoting the legal rights of targets of domestic violence, including women, children, the elderly and same-sex partners. The clinic seeks justice and provides legal resources for people on the margins of our society from Western New York to international venues.

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Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic

Students and faculty of the clinic seek justice and provide legal resources for people on the margins of our society, including the homeless, the impoverished and economically disadvantaged, immigrants, and the disabled. Students and faculty of the clinic seek justice and provide legal resources for people on the margins of our society, including the homeless, the impoverished and economically disadvantaged, immigrants, and the disabled.

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