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Clinical Legal Education

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.

2015-16 Clinics

Affordable Housing and Community Development Clinic

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.

Animal Law Pro Bono Project

The Animal Law Pro Bono Clinic focuses on national, state and local policy addressing animal welfare issues, such as puppy mills, feral and community cats, and former race horses.

Domestic Violence & Women’s Rights Clinic

Student Attorneys in the Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights Law and Policy Clinic (DVWR) work on diverse, exciting projects and develop real litigation skills, while helping vulnerable and underserved populations.

Environmental Law & Policy Clinic

The Environmental Law and 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 coordinate directly with a bi-national task force and perform legal research regarding Canadian and U.S. federal law as well as state, provincial and local requirements.

Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic

Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic students provide legal services that support better health and quality of life for low-income people facing cancer.

Immigration & Human Rights Clinic

The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents individual and organizational clients in immigration, labor, discrimination practices, human rights and other matters in both immigration and human rights proceedings.

Law and Social Work Clinic

Through this clinic, students in the Law School’s dual degree 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.

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.

Veterans' Legal Clinic

The Veterans’ Legal Clinic serves one of the most vulnerable populations in the country, who face legal  issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, custody challenges, clinical proceedings, benefit denials, and bankruptcy.