Through this clinic, students in the School of Law’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.
The Law and Social Work Clinic serves students in the University’s dual program in law and social work. The four-year J.D./MSW program includes a two-semester field service placement in the second year of study. This clinic enables J.D./MSW students to gain experience in working where the practice of law and social work intersect and diverge. It helps them to develop skills in both areas while understanding their professional role as it applies to each.
Students in the clinic work in legal service agencies, social service agencies, prosecutor offices, or in therapeutic courts such as drug and domestic violence courts consistent with each student’s individual interests. These placements have included the Law Guardian Unit of the Legal Aid Society; Buffalo City Courts' Therapeutic Courts ; Erie County Family Court; Journey's End Refugee Services; Partnership for the Public Good and the. Students must remain in the same placement for both the fall and spring semesters, and complete a total of 480 hours of placement and colloquium time to meet the School of Social Work's Field Placement requirement. Regular class meetings with the clinic’s director will augment and enhance the fieldwork component.