Directory

University of Wyoming School of Law

University of Wyoming
School of Law
P.O. Box 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
www.uwyo.edu/law

Law School Pro Bono Programs

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Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

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Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

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Law School Public Interest Programs

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Public Interest Clinics

Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic

The Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic offers participating law students education and experience lawyering by allowing students to form lawyer-client relationships directly with clients, to exercise legal judgment and perform legal services for those clients pro bono, including interviewing, counseling, research, discovery, negotiation, motion practice, trials, and appeals. Student attorneys handle civil, legal matters such as divorce, child custody, domestic violence protection orders, stalking and sexual assault protection orders, adoption, guardian ad litem appointments in juvenile and domestic relations cases, and select immigration issues. Law students may also represent children or their parents in child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, children in need of supervision and delinquency actions. In addition, law students have the opportunity to work together with practicing professionals in the fields of social work, psychology, pediatrics, and psychiatry.

With close support and supervision of experienced and well-trained faculty, law students address the complex legal, social, emotional, ethical, and public policy questions involved in the practice of law. Students draft pleadings and correspondence, maintain contact with clients, attorneys and witnesses and participate in bi-weekly case status reviews of their cases. In addition, students receive training on how to most effectively engage and serve clients with limited means. Students are better prepared to participate effectively in the legal profession with grounding in lawyering skills and values necessary for the practice of law.

The Civil Legal Services Clinic

(CLSC, formerly the Legal Services Program) is the College of Law’s oldest clinic, having provided legal assistance to Wyoming citizens for over 20 years. Student interns enrolled in the CLSC represent low-income and marginalized individuals across the state who could not otherwise afford legal representation. The CLSC’s mission is to provide legal services in a broad range of general civil legal matters. As such, students' caseloads are diverse and touch on many areas of civil practice, including housing, consumer rights, education, veterans’ service-connected disability benefits, and other public benefits laws. Under the supervision of the Clinic Director, student interns interview and counsel clients, investigate facts, strategize case options, negotiate with opponents, draft pleadings, and argue in court. In addition, to provide student interns with hands-on exposure to the business realities of legal practice, they maintain case files while also managing time-keeping and other organizational activities. Depending on the need, students may also work on special projects including conducting research and providing support to advocates who are testifying on legislative matters. Finally, student interns work closely with the Wyoming legal community, developing important relationships that will support the students through their professional lives.

Externships/Internships

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Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

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Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

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Summer Fellowships

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Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

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Student Public Interest Groups

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August 7, 2018