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 under the close supervision of a full-time faculty member. The Legal Clinic also exists to provide legal services to clients throughout Arkansas. The Legal Clinic is an umbrella for seven clinics covering specific practice areas which collectively handle more than 900 cases a year.

Contact the Clinic

School of Law Legal Clinic
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Fayeteville, AR 72701

Lisa Erazo
Law Clinic Office Manager
(479) 575-3056

Individual clinics include:

  • American Indian Law
  • Civil Litigation and Advocacy
  • Criminal Practice
  • Federal Practice
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration
  • Transactional

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.

[American Indian Law Clinic]

American Indian Law Clinic

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.

Civil Clinic

Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic

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.

Criminal Practice Clinic

Criminal Practice Clinic

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.

Federal Practice Clinic

Federal Practice Clinic

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.

[Human Trafficking Clinic]

Human Trafficking Clinic

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.

Immigration Clinic

Immigration Clinic

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.

[Transactional Clinic]

Transactional Clinic

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.

Clinic Faculty & Staff

Annie Smith
Annie Smith
Associate Professor of Law
Tim Tarvin
Tim Tarvin
Associate Professor of Law