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.
Contact the Clinic
School of Law Legal Clinic
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Fayeteville, AR 72701
Law Clinic Office Manager
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 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.
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 complete advocacy projects for their clients—agencies and organizations seeking to confront and prevent human trafficking.
Clinic Faculty & Staff
Professor Murphy most recently taught at Oklahoma City University School of Law as a clinical professor and the director of the Oklahoma Innocence Project. She also was a clinical professor and legal director of the Midwestern Innocence Project at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Prior to that, she practiced at the Federal Defender’s Office Capital Habeas Units in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. Murphy’s research interests focus on the problems in protecting federal constitutional rights and actual innocence while pursuing post-conviction remedies.
She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.