The Civil Litigation Clinic offers students the unique opportunity to represent real clients in a wide variety of cases. For example, Clinic students have represented clients at the state trial and appellate levels in matters relating to credit-card debt, landlord-tenant, and employment issues. In addition, students interested in human-rights and international law have been able to represent asylum seekers and other clients in immigration cases both at the administrative level and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Clinic students have also worked on large-scale projects, such as a appeals to the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and even an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court. Indeed, the Civil Litigation Clinic offers a varied menu of cases so that all students may exercise their litigation skills in their areas of interest. Most importantly, the work on actual litigation enables students to realize how the doctrines learned in their traditional law school courses may be translated into real-life experience.
In addition to work on real cases, the Civil Litigation Clinic includes a weekly seminar component. The seminar primarily provides instruction in trial and appellate litigation skills, but also covers issues such as client interviewing and counseling and legal ethics.
The Civil Litigation Clinic is taught by Professor Kenneth J. Kowalski. In addition, some of the case supervision may be performed by Adjunct Professors.