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Domestic Violence Clinic


Students represent victims of domestic violence with a variety of civil legal problems including custody, divorce, visitation, housing, consumer, public assistance, and procurement of protective orders. Students sit “first chair,” and are responsible for all tasks associated with their cases. They meet with clients, draft pleadings, interview witnesses, draft and respond to discovery, take depositions, negotiate settlements, and conduct trials.

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Home Safe Home: The Domestic Violence Clinic

Photo of Sarah Buel, Jeana Lungwitz, and Lisa Snead

Each semester, University of Texas School of Law students take on some of the most emotionally charged and complex cases in the judicial system. The stories of domestic cruelty are often appalling—shocking violence, sexual abuse, and even fear of imminent death. The outcomes aren’t always perfect. Yet, for victims of domestic violence, these students are making a difference. The Clinic recently celebrated its Tenth Anniversary with a conference, “Progress in Using Law to Battle Domestic Violence.” The two-day conference highlighted Clinic alumni and students, and their ongoing efforts to assist clients affected by abusive relationships. Read more …