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 free legal services to clients throughout Arkansas. The Legal Clinic is currently an umbrella for seven clinics in multiple practice areas, which collectively handle hundreds of cases a year. Each clinic offers law students the opportunity to practice hands on law under the close supervision of a full-time faculty member.

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

Lisa Erazo
Law Clinic Office Manager
(479) 575-3056
lerazo@uark.edu

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.

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Civil Clinic

Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic

The Civil Litigation and Advocacy 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.

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Criminal Practice Clinic

Criminal Practice Clinic

The Criminal Practice Clinic represents clients charged with misdemeanor and simply felony charges primarily in Washington County.

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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.

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[Human Trafficking Clinic]

Human Trafficking Clinic

Students enrolled in the Human Trafficking Clinic complete advocacy projects for their clients—agencies and organizations seeking to confront and prevent human trafficking.

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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.

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[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.

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Clinic Faculty & Staff

Stacy L. Leeds

Stacy L. Leeds

Dean and Professor of Law

School of Law

(LAWD)-Dean of Law

Phone: 479-575-4504

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Stacy Leeds has served as dean and professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law since 2011.

Dean Leeds came to Arkansas from the University of Kansas where she served as Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center. While at KU, she received the annual teacher of the year recognition, the Howard M. and Susan Immel Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to that, she taught at the University of North Dakota where she served as the Director of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center. She began her career in higher education at the University of Wisconsin where she was a William H. Hastie Fellow.

Among her many honors, Leeds is a 2013 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a former Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow with a 2008-2009 affiliation to the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Dean Leeds has a strong record of public service. From 2011-2013, she served on the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The Commission conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the U.S. Department of Interior’s management and administration of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust assets and published recommendations for systematic reform. She is currently serving a three-year term as Chairperson of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission. In addition to being a former Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, Leeds has served as judge for seven Indigenous nations and was the inaugural recipient of the National American Indian Court Judges Association’s Annual Outstanding Service Award. She is frequently tapped to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve conflicts in government and higher education sectors.

At Arkansas, she teaches Property and American Indian Law and contributes to projects of the Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative.

As a scholar, she has published more than twenty articles, essays and book chapters including the new book Mastering American Indian Law, with Professor Angelique Townsend EagleWoman.

She received her master of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin, her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa, her master of business administration from the University of Tennessee, and her bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Leeds, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is currently the only American Indian law school dean.

She received her master of laws degree from the University of Wisconsin, her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa, her master of business administration from the University of Tennessee, and her bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.