Miami Law's award-winning clinics are exceptional training grounds and give students the unparalleled opportunity to work with clients, serve the public, and acquire valuable legal skills helping under-represented individuals and groups in Miami and across the nation and the globe. For many students, participating in a clinic is one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences they will have in law school. Watch students discuss their experiences in Miami Law’s clinics.
Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic
The Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic at Miami Law offers pro bono legal services to low-income individuals who are dealing with bankruptcy.
Children & Youth Law Clinic
The Children & Youth Law Clinic is an in-house, live-client clinic established in 1995 by the Law School. The Clinic represents children in foster care and former foster youth in dependency, health care, mental health, disability, independent living, education, immigration and other general civil legal matters, ensuring that they have a voice in court proceedings.
Federal Appellate Clinic
The Federal Appellate Clinic is a one-semester, four-credit course that provides upper-level students with the opportunity to plan, research, and draft federal appeals for indigent criminal defendants. The aim of the clinic is to provide advanced instruction in written advocacy, client counseling, and legal analysis.
Health Rights Clinic
The Health Rights Clinic (formerly the Health and Elder Law Clinic) is a Medical-Legal Partnership with the Miller School of Medicine. The Clinic is a two-semester, 12-credit course in which students assist low-income health-impaired clients under the supervision of a professor and clinical instructors.
Human Rights Clinic
The Human Rights Clinic exposes students to the practice of law in the international and cross-cultural context of human rights litigation and advocacy.
Established in the fall of 2009, the Immigration Clinic provides a challenging opportunity for students to advocate on behalf of immigrants in a wide variety of complex immigration proceedings. In addition to helping individual clients, students collaborate with other immigrant rights groups on projects that reform the law and advance the cause of social justice for immigrants.
The Innocence Clinic is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and is a clinic committed to exonerating innocent individuals and combating injustice. The clinic represents cases involving innocent individuals incarcerated for a minimum of 10 years who have new evidence ranging from recanting witnesses to new witnesses discovered by students to prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel.
Investor Rights Clinic
The Investor Rights Clinic is the newest live-client clinic to join the Law School's practical program. The Clinic is a one-semester clinic staffed by second and third-year law students who represent under-served investors in securities arbitration claims against their brokers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Tenants' Rights Clinic
The Tenants' Rights Clinic is designed to allow law students to represent low-income tenants in litigation and administrative hearings. Cases primarily involve evictions from public and subsidized housing, terminations of Section 8, and denial of affordable housing applications.
Clinics: Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Clinic?
A Clinic is a course in which students learn essential lawyering skills by working on pending cases under the supervision of professors and clinical instructors. Students also learn by attending regular Clinic classes and supervisory sessions. In most Clinics, students are the primary advocates for their clients and work on all aspects of a case, including factual investigation, counseling, negotiation, research and writing, and appearing in court.
Who are Clinic clients and what kinds of cases do clinical students work on?
Each Clinic helps different types of clients. Typically, Clinic clients are members of the community who are low-income and who are not able to obtain representation elsewhere. Each Clinic handles different types of cases. Please see the individual Clinic descriptions for details.
What should students with disabilities do if they are interested in taking a Clinic?
Students with disabilities should speak with the Dean of Students if they are interested in taking a Clinic.
Are the Clinics for a semester or a year? How many credits are the Clinics?
Some clinics are only taken for one semester. Others require enrollment for the entire year. Please see the individual Clinic descriptions. Students receive three to six credits per semester depending on the Clinic. Please see the individual Clinic descriptions.
Who can apply for a Clinic? Can a student enroll in more than one Clinic?
Most clinics are open to both rising 2Ls and 3Ls. LLM students are also encouraged to apply. Pre- and Co-requisites vary for each Clinic. A student can enroll in more than one clinic; however, it is recommended that only one clinic be taken per semester due to the time requirements per clinic.
Can a student enroll in a Clinic while also working at an externship or on time-consuming extra-curricular activities?
There is no rule against this. Students must decide for themselves how much they can handle, keeping in mind that a Clinic is a serious time commitment.
Are there any restrictions working for certain employers while enrolled in a Clinic?
Students need to avoid creating conflicts of interest. Please discuss any potential conflicts of interest with the Clinic Director prior to acceptance of enrollment.
How likely is it that a student will be invited to enroll in a given Clinic? What happens to students who do not get into a Clinic?
Each Clinic decides what students to accept using a variety of criteria. The standard Clinic application asks for a resume, transcript, statement of interest, and language ability (preferred but not required). A student is invited to enroll depending on a number of factors, including the size of the Clinic, how many other students have applied, and the particulars of a student’s application. The Clinics vary in size from eight to twenty-four students. Students may be invited off the wait-list. Otherwise, students are free to apply again in a subsequent semester.
Are students who have been accepted into a Clinic able to change their minds?
Once a student has been invited to enroll into a Clinic, the student will be asked to accept the offer. A student may decline an invitation to enroll; however, once an offer has been accepted by the student that acceptance may not be withdrawn.
What is a summer Clinic?
A summer clinic is the same as a clinic during the regular academic year. The course is, however, six credits with 5 hours weekly of course time and 30-35 hours per week on clinic related work for an eight week summer course. Students are also required to attend a one hour supervision/case round meeting per week. No final exam required.