The Clinical Law Center

Mission Statement

The primary goals of the Clinical Law Center are to (1) provide a high quality course of training for law students, allowing students to develop the skills necessary for career-long commitments to public service; (2) provide excellent civil-rights oriented legal services to underserved and indigent individuals; (3) serve as a nerve center in Howard’s social justice operations; and (4) help develop the next generation of civil rights attorneys.

The Clinical Law Center offers seven (7) live-client clinical experiences: the Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC), the Fair Housing Clinic (FHC), the Civil and Human Rights Clinic (CHRC), the Investor Justice and Education Clinic (IJEC), the Intellectual Property Patent Clinic (IPPC), the Intellectual Property Trademark Clinic (IPTC), and the Child Welfare Clinic (CWC).

The CLC also offers the following externship opportunities: General (for students in diverse placement settings); Advanced (for students who have already participated in the externship program);  Judicial;  ADRC-DR: Rule of Law Human Rights Fact Finding Project;  Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); Environmental Justice; Criminal Defense; Alternative Dispute Resolution Consortium (EEOC, Dept. of Homeland Security, International Trade Administration); and the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund ADR Program.

Intake

During the academic school year, the Clinical Law Center Intake Office is staffed by our student attorneys. We welcome calls or walk-ins from the community and our student attorneys will try their best to assist you. Please note that the Clinical Law Center may not be able to take your case, but we will work with you to find helpful resources and referrals.

Intake Hours:
Mondays - Thursdays: 9:00am-5:00pm
Fridays: 9:00am-3:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays: CLOSED
(202) 806-8082


Faculty and Staff

ADR Program

Homer C. La Rue
Co-Director and Professor

John L. Woods Jr.
Co-Director and Supervising Attorney

CLINICS

Child Welfare Clinic

Sabine Browne
Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Criminal Justice Clinic

Lucius Outlaw III
Associate Professor and Supervising Attorney

Stephanie Johnson
Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Fair Housing Clinic

Valerie J. Schneider
Associate Professor and Supervising Attorney 
Director of the Clinical Law Center

Keeshea Turner Roberts
Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Human and Civil Rights Clinic

Justin Hansford
Associate Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney
Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Civil Rights


Ajmel Querishi
Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Intellectual Property Patent Clinic

Darrell Mottley
Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Intellectual Property Trademark Clinic

Mariessa Terrell
Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Investor Justice and Education Clinic

Bruce Sanders
Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney

Externship Programs

Kelli Neptune
Adjunct Professor, General and Advanced Externships
Director of Externships and Public Interest Programming

Josephine Ross
Professor and Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Externship

Cheryl C. Nichols
Professor and Supervising Attorney

Bruce Sanders
Adjunct Professor, SEC Externship

Alice M. Thomas
Associate Professor and IRS Externship Coordinator


Student Application Process

To be eligible for enrollment in any CLC program, interested students must first complete an application package, which may include a resume and a personal statement of interest. Students may apply to multiple programs. There is a global application for the following Fall and yearlong programs:  

  • Child Welfare Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Human and Civil Rights Clinic
  • Fair Housing Clinic
  • Investor Justice and Education Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Patent Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Trademark Clinic
  • WBG/IMF ADR Program
  • ADR Consortium Externship

In the Spring, students may apply to the following programs:

  • Human and Civil Rights Clinic
  • Investor Justice and Education Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Patent Clinic
  • Intellectual Property Trademark Clinic

SPRING 2020 APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED. For more information about the Clinic Selection process, see here.

There is a separate application for our Externship programs. Externship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Externship Application is available here.


Student Orientation

Participation in each Fall and yearlong clinical program requires that students attend and participate in a mandatory orientation program prior to the first week of classes. Students should take into account the orientation requirement and schedule their summer break activities accordingly.

For Spring clinic programs, students must attend a mandatory orientation program upon returning from Winter break. 

Other Requirements

Students accepted into and who enroll in the Criminal Justice, Fair Housing, Human and Civil Rights Clinic, Investor Justice & Education, or Child Welfare Clinic may be required to obtain student bar licenses or certifications issued by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals or other government agencies. Certification or temporary student bar license applications must be completed, fully typewritten, by accepted students and turned into the CLC Reception office. Handwritten applications will not be processed. The CLC will then obtain the Dean’s certification and submit the applications to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals or other government agencies as applicable.

Students accepted into and who enroll in the IP Trademark Clinic and IP Patent Clinic will be required to apply separately to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for their temporary practice number. Students must complete their USPTO applications in dark ink and submit the originals to the Supervising Attorney for that program.