Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center

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Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center


Location: 2226 W. 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102

Credits: 4 or 6 Credit Hours for Fall or Spring Term; 3 or 5 Credit Hours for Summer Term

Prerequisites: RCC, minimum GPA 2.50, completion of at least 29 credit hours, approval of the sit supervisor.

Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center is an organization providing case management services to people living with HIV/AIDS through the cornerstone program Proyecto Luz (meaning "project light” in Spanish).  Most clients are low income.  To learn more, please go to:

During the summer of 2011, Cleveland-Marshall students worked with alums to create a community lawyering program at Nueva Luz.  This program seeks to combine lawyers, social workers, and community advocates to assist and empower individuals from within their community in a holistic and complete manner.  The target populations for this clinic are individuals living with HIV/AIDS, individuals who are receiving case management services within the 44102 zip code, and individuals who are receiving case management services within 44102.

This hands-on opportunity will include interviewing clients, assisting with lawyer referrals, facilitating know-your-rights classes, grant-writing, assessing client needs via the implementation of legal needs assessment surveys, drafting power of attorneys under the guidance of a supervising attorney, etc.  In addition, the legal extern will assist in projects and initiatives to continue to find clients representation and find funding to allow the clinic to run more efficiently.  You will gain valuable experience working with a non-profit to understand the cross between social work and legal work; learn to interact with clients, particularly low-income, uneducated, and those dealing with health problems. 

Students may register for 4 credit hours (16 hours per week) or 6 credit hours (24 hours per week) in the fall or spring terms; in the summer term, students may register for 3 credit hours (24 hours per week) or 5 credit hours (40 hours per week). Students in this externship also participate in an Externship Seminar conducted at the law school by the externship faculty supervisor. Graded Pass/Fail.

Interested students must contact the Office of Career Planning, LB 137 in the Student Services Center, 216-687-6871,  An Externship application, signed by Career Planning and student, a cover letter, resume and writing sample must be submitted for consideration through Symplicity.  The supervising staff at Nueva Luz will make the final selection of students.