At UC Davis School of Law, clinical programs are essential to our distinctive mission as one of the nation’s leading public law schools. They are vital to the School of Law’s ability to train socially conscious lawyers dedicated to the highest standards of ethics and professional excellence while serving the greater good.
Your gift to the King Hall clinical programs provides students with opportunities for specialized work in civil rights, family law and domestic violence, prisoners’ rights, and immigration law, and supports King Hall faculty, students, and staff as they provide legal assistance for underserved communities. You may choose to support the clinical programs as a whole, or give to one specific clinic.
California Supreme Court Clinic
The first and only clinic of its kind, the California Supreme Court Clinic provides pro bono representation to individuals and organizations in matters pending before the state’s highest court. Students research and write draft briefs under the supervision of the clinic’s director.
Civil Rights Clinic
Civil Rights Clinic students provide legal services to indigent clients who have filed civil rights actions in federal court, learning to employ skills such as interviewing, counseling, research, writing, negotiating, taking and defending depositions, and, often, oral and trial advocacy.
Immigration Law Clinic
The Immigration Law Clinic provides legal representation to indigent non-citizens in removal proceedings before U.S. Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Students take on all major aspects of litigation, including interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing legal briefs, drafting pleadings and motions, and arguing complex legal issues, and also regularly conduct legal workshops in the community.
Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic
The Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic provides free legal services to low-income victims of domestic violence in Yolo County. Under the supervision of the staff attorney, students represent clients in seeking restraining orders, child custody and visitation, child support, and other services they need in order to be able to go on with their lives without the threat of further abuse.
Prison Law Clinic
Prison Law Clinic students provide legal services to clients incarcerated in state prison. The services require analysis and application of constitutional law, state statutory law, agency regulations, and the rules of professional responsibility.