The First Amendment Clinic provides law students with the opportunity to learn substantive areas of First Amendment law while developing concrete lawyering skills in the context of constitutional litigation. Such skills include: client interviewing, case evaluation and research, motion practice and brief writing, drafting pleadings and discovery requests, taking and defending depositions, participating in discovery and settlement conferences, negotiating with opposing parties, identifying and coordinating with experts, and oral advocacy during court appearances.

Inaugural class of Clinic students – Fall 2020

In addition, Clinic students have the opportunity to increase public awareness and understanding of the First Amendment.  This includes developing presentations to bring issues of free speech and press rights to non-lawyers; helping to educate public officials and private citizens about the importance of protecting free expression and newsgathering; and contributing to the public debate on matters implicating First Amendment freedoms. 

Please visit our “News & Media” page for examples of the Clinic’s litigations, public presentations, and other projects.

The Clinic is a one semester course awarded either 4 or 5 credits (students elect which they prefer) for the Fall and Spring semesters.  The one-semester commitment includes a weekly 2-hour seminar plus at least 10 hours/week (for 4 credits) or 15 hours/week (for 5 credits) of clinical work.  Students may enroll for an additional semester with the permission of the Clinic director.   

Applications for Fall 2023

The Clinic’s online application process for Spring 2023 is closed. The application process for Fall 2023 will open in February 2023. Further information will be posted once available.

How Can We Help?

Whether you are seeking legal representation or have a general question, the First Amendment Clinic may be able to help.