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Fall 2014 - Clinical Program: Practical Skills - Civil Rights

Natarajan, Ranjana

Course ID: 397D  Unique # 29810  Credit Hours: 3  (Pass/Fail only)

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Exams:  None
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This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
29740 - Clinical Program: Civil Rights
Clinic - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be accessed on the web:
** This course meets the Professional Skills requirement for graduation.


Students in the Civil Rights Clinic represent low-income clients in a range of matters relating to civil rights issues, such as prisoners’ rights, freedom of religion, speech and association, and due process rights.  Students work on cases and projects with co-counsel from Texas-based and/or national civil rights organizations, and under the supervision of clinic faculty.  Through direct representation, students hone lawyering skills, including client and witness interviewing and counseling, fact investigation and analysis, negotiation, drafting pleadings and motions, discovery and depositions, and trial advocacy.  Students work on cases in teams, meeting with supervising clinic faculty on at least a weekly basis. 

Students also participate in a classroom seminar, in which students learn relevant substantive and procedural law, discuss the political and social contexts of civil rights cases, and think through how to resolve legal problems effectively and ethically.  The seminar meets twice a week for a total of three hours. 

The supervising Clinic faculty members are Clinical Professor Ranjana Natarajan and Clinical Instructor Ahmed Ghappour.  The clinic is offered in the fall and spring, for six (6) credits, pass/ fail.  Students must register for Law 397C and 397D, for a total of six credits.  The Clinic is open to students who have completed their first two semesters.  Students should expect to devote an average of 10-20 hours per week for casework and seminar preparation.

To apply, interested students should send a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript to Lourdes Diaz, Clinic Administrator, at  In the cover letter, students should include their reasons for applying to the Clinic, any related coursework, work experience or interests, and a list of all academic, work, volunteer, and other commitments for the semester.  Students should also include their UT EID and current contact information.  For more information, see

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