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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students may enroll in a practicum course, in which they combine study of a substantive area under a full-time professor with service learning alongside practicing lawyers. These courses include the Criminal Law Practicum, Healthy Homes Practicum and Post-Incarceration Re-entry Practicum, all of which give students direct experience with clients through expert attorneys.
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