Clinic Projects

The clinical programs operate through seven distinct, autonomous units that function as separate 'law firms' with their own faculty and support staff: 

In addition, there are three other clinics in which students work on behalf of clients in a supervised field placement at an outside agency and take a companion seminar at the Law School:

Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic

One of the earliest law school-affiliated legal clinics, the Mandel Clinic comprises a number of projects intended to teach students effective advocacy skills while serving as advocates for people typically denied access to justice.

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The Exoneration Project

The Exoneration Project represents clients who have been convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. The Project assists clients in asserting their claims of actual innocence in state and federal court.

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Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic

Through a seminar combined with a field placement at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, students assist with representation of domestic and sexual violence survivors to meet a broad range of legal needs.

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Innovation Clinic

The Innovation Clinic offers entrepreneurs in the CIE’s Business Incubator program assistance with legal issues common to start-ups, such as incorporation, founder’s agreements, intellectual property licensing, employment agreements, and contracts.

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Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship

The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, or IJ Clinic, is a public interest organization devoted principally to expanding economic liberties. It provides a range of legal services, especially those for start-up businesses, to local entrepreneurs in economically disadvantaged communities.

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Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab

The Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab aims to provide students with “real-world” work experience and to prepare them to become well-rounded legal practitioners, all the while working on cutting-edge legal projects with world-class companies.

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Poverty and Housing Law Clinic

The Poverty and Housing Law Clinic exposes students to the practice of poverty law work by giving them the opportunity to work on housing related cases at the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF), which provides free legal services to indigent clients in civil matters.

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Prosecution and Defense Clinic

The clinic provides students with an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system through the combination of a 2-quarter seminar and a clinical placement in either a prosecutor's office or public defender's office.

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is a human service and policy advocacy program dedicated to advocating for the best interests of immigrant and refugee children who are alone in the United States.

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