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; contributing to the public debate on matters implicating First Amendment freedoms; and helping to educate public officials and private citizens about the importance of protecting free expression and newsgathering.

The First Amendment Clinic is a one semester course and is awarded 4 credits for the Fall and Spring semesters.  This includes a weekly 2-hour seminar and at least 10 hours per week of clinical work outside of the seminar.  Students may enroll for an additional semester with the permission of the Clinic director.   

The Clinic’s online application process for Spring 2022 is closed. The application process for Fall 2022 will open in  late February/early March 2022. Further information about application dates and deadlines 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.