Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic

About the Clinic

Contact Us

Professor Annie Smith
Assistant Professor of Law
(479) 575-3056

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. Under close faculty supervision, students develop their ability to effectively and ethically practice law while providing much-needed legal assistance. Students handle all aspects of client representation, including interviewing and counseling, fact investigation and discovery, negotiation, and court appearances. Students also participate in a weekly seminar and may have the opportunity to engage in other forms of advocacy.

For Prospective Students

Civil Clinic students must be eligible for practice under Rule XV of the Arkansas Rules Governing Bar Admission.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Clinic Students.

For Prospective Clients

The Civil Clinic provides free legal representation to individuals who are owed wages for their work or who have been denied unemployment benefits.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Clients.

If you need help with assistance with a legal issue that the clinics cannot assist with, you can contact Legal Aid of Arkansas, which provides legal advice and representation to some qualifying individuals. Legal Aid of Arkansas also has an online library of information about common legal problems.