Directory

University of Montana School of Law

University of Montana School of Law
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
www.umt.edu/law

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Lori E. Freeman
Director of Admissions and Career Services
E-mail
P: (406) 243-2698

Category Type

Public Service Graduation Requirement

Description of Programs

The mission of The University of Montana School of Law's required clinical program is to provide for third-year students faculty-supervised, experience-based learning by representing clients in clinics serving the public interest. The clinical program engages student in applying, enhancing, and integrating substantive and skills components of legal education, improves their ability to identify and resolve ethical and professionalism issues and assesses student performance and the law school's competency-based curriculum. Most students enroll in their first of second choice of clinic. There are also some pro bono opportunities. The local legal services office recruits student to assist in it pro se family law clinic. Students also provide tax assistance through VITA program, in conjunction with the School of Business.

Location of Programs

Some clinics are available in the School of Law building, others are available other places on campus and in the Missoula community.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The clinical faculty provide the oversight of the program.

Funding

The clinics are on hard money. The law school provides some administrative assistance for faculty pro bono work.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Family Law Advice Clinic – Montana Legal Services organizes and runs this non-credit opportunity for students to assist the legal services attorney in helping families.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) – Students with an interest in tax law arrange income tax preparation assistance for low income and elderly individuals during tax season.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

The faculty policy provides that all faculty shall perform service and that pro bono representation is one form of service.

Awards/Recognition

There is a faculty award that is given to a student for community service.

Community Service

The Women's Law Caucus volunteers at a local shelter. The law school community participates in a University –side "Adopt a Family or Agency" every year, selecting a family or agency, collecting money, buying gifts, and giving the gifts to the family/agency. Other student organizations donate money to charities and have other activities such as food, book, and clothing drives. The Women's Caucus holds a Silent Auction event annually and donates the money to a local women's organization.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Lori E. Freeman
Director of Admissions and Career Services
E-mail
P: (406) 243-2698

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

ACLU
ASUM Legal Services
Child Support Enforcement Clinic
County and City Attorneys Offices
Criminal Defense Clinic
DNRC Forestry & Trust Land Mgt. Div.
Federal Defenders
Indian Law Clinic
Innocence Project
Judicial
Montana Legal Services
National Wildlife Federation
Prosecution
Public Defender
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
U.S. Attorney's Office
U.S. Department of Agriculture
University Legal Counsel

Externships/Internships

UM offers extensive clinical offerings, including placements in outside legal organizations.

Classes with a Public Service Component

Cause lawyering

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

UM's Career Services Office helps students focus their career goals and obtain summer and permanent employment. Throughout the year, the office sponsors workshops on preparing resumes and application materials, conducting job interview and applying for positions with law firms, judges, public agencies and other employers. Also, each year the School of Law provides grants to two students to attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference. Faculty also offer advice to students on an individual basis regarding public interest internships and employment.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

None listed

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

None listed

Student Public Interest Groups

American Association for Justice
ACLU – UM Law Student Chapter
American Constitution Society
Christian Legal Society
Environmental Law Group
Federalist Society
International Law Student Association
Military Law Society
Montana Law Review
Montana Public Interest Law Group
Native American Law Student Assocation
Phi Delta Phi
Public Lands and Resources Law Review
Rural Advocacy League
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Bar Association
Women's Law Caucus

August 6, 2018