School of Law Legal Clinics
The University of Arkansas School of Law Legal Clinic was founded by then-professor Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1975 to give students hands-on skills training by representing real clients in real life legal situations, and to provide legal services to clients throughout Arkansas. The Legal Clinic is an umbrella for seven clinics specific practice areas, which collectively handle more 900 cases a year. Each clinic offers law students the opportunity to practice law under the close supervision of a full-time faculty member.
Contact the Clinic
School of Law Legal Clinic
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Fayeteville, AR 72701
Individual clinics include:
- American Indian Law
- Civil Litigation and Advocacy
- Criminal Practice
- Federal Practice
- Human Trafficking
Students interested in taking a Clinic should read the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Clinic Students.
Potential clients who may be interested in the services that the law school legal clinics offer should read the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Clinic Clients.
The American Indian Law Clinic emphasizes the development of legal infrastructure within tribal governments and the practice of American Indian law in the federal, state, and tribal systems, and possibly international forums. The course focuses on selected American Indian law topics and the development of lawyering skills.
The Civil Clinic represents low-income clients seeking to enforce their rights in a variety of civil matters, including unpaid wages and appeals from the denial of unemployment benefits. Under close faculty supervision, students develop and refine their ability to effectively and ethically practice law.
The Criminal Practice Clinic represents clients charged with misdemeanor and simply felony charges primarily in Washington County. Students handle all aspects of client representation, including interviewing and counseling, fact investigation and discovery, negotiation, and court appearances.
The Federal Practice Clinic currently focuses on helping people in the Northwest Arkansas area file for no-asset chapter 7 bankruptcies. Students work with clients from the initial intake through the discharge process, including handling all filings and appearing in court.
Students enrolled in the Human Trafficking Clinic will complete advocacy projects for their clients—agencies and organizations seeking to confront and prevent human trafficking. Through their work in this clinic, students will develop highly transferrable lawyering skills, including fact investigation and legal research, written and oral commu- nication, and critical and strategic thinking.
The Clinic provides opportunities for students preparing for a career in immigration law or general practice to develop skills that are critical the successful practice of law through experiential learning. It also serves the community by providing pro bono representation to area individuals who are in need of legal assistance in immigration matters.
The Transactional Clinic allows student attorneys to gain experience in business transactions law while assisting Arkansas non-profit organizations with organizational legal issues. Client representations can include helping organizations draft bylaws, file their articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State, and file for tax exempt status with state and federal tax agencies.