Clinic Projects

Abrams Environmental Law Clinic

The Abrams Environmental Law clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems throughout Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Great Lakes region. On behalf of clients, the clinic sues those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, holds environmental agencies accountable, and develops innovative approaches for improving the environment.

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Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project

The Project’s goals are to enhance police accountability and improve police services in Chicago. The Project provides legal representation to indigent victims of police abuse in federal civil rights cases, administrative proceedings, and state criminal and juvenile litigation.

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Corporate Lab

The 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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Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project

The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project provides quality legal representation to juveniles accused of crime and works to improve the system of justice in the juvenile and adult criminal court and develop policies and implementing strategies for effective crime prevention.

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Employment Discrimination Project

The Project represents clients in cases before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Human Rights Commission and seeks to obtain relief for our clients from race, sex, national origin and handicap discrimination in the work place.

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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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Federal Criminal Justice Clinic

The Federal Criminal Justice Clinic zealously represents indigent defendants charged with federal crimes and gives students a unique opportunity to practice in federal district court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and to write briefs to the United States Supreme 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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Housing Initiative

The Housing Initiative was launched in the summer of 2002 to provide legal representation to individual and community-based housing developers, tenant groups, and other parties involved in the development of new or rehabilitated affordable housing stock.

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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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International Human Rights Clinic

The International Human Rights Clinic works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally, including in the United States.

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Mental Health Project

The Project aims to improve the quality and quantity of community mental health services for persons with serious mental illnesses.

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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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Social Service Project

The Project promotes effective interdisciplinary collaboration between social workers and lawyers as well as highlight the importance of involving well trained social workers in the legal environment.

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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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