Family Law Clinic
|Term: Spring Term 2010-11|
|Catalog Number: 5398|
|Instructor: Harry Gruener|
|Credits: 4.0 Credits (2.0 classroom contact, 2.0 field)|
|Catalog Requirements: Professional Skills.|
Enrollment Limit: 8.
Attendance at a Pre-Registration Informational Session (TBA) OR a Certificate and Clinic Informational Session run by the Career Services Office OR a pre-registration meeting with Professor Gruener is required. See Law Registrar.
|Priority: 3rd Year Priority when offered in the Fall, 2nd Year Priority when offered in the Spring|
Students may register for the clinic as early as their second semester, second year as long as the prerequisite of Family Law will have been met at the time of enrollment. It is anticipated that the student will perform clinic related work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Enrollment preference will be given to first semester third year students.
NOTE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Scheduling Imperatives Family Law Clinic Students:
- Formal classes are scheduled for first semester students for two consecutive hours each week. Please consult the Law School class schedule to determine the time and place of the two hour clinic class when registering.
- ALL clinic students will be obligated to attend a regularly scheduled one hour review meeting each week. Please check the class schedule to determine the time and place of the one hour clinic review meeting when registering.
- The Family Law Clinic is fortunate to have an ongoing partnership with the Family Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. As such, ALL students must be available EVERY Tuesday AND Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Family Court building in downtown Pittsburgh where students will interview clients and prepare appropriate pleadings on behalf of clients who are going to court.
- In addition all students will have to be available EITHER every Tuesday OR Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to present motions in court on behalf of indigent clients OR, if not presenting, to observe Motions Court. Clinic students must arrange their class schedules so as to be available to meet these time requirements.
- Second semester students who will not be attending the weekly two hour classroom session will be required instead to engage in other assigned clinic related work (examples:motion presentation, clinic research projects, student mentoring, Court appointed client representation, educational presentations etc.) for TWO hours per week which will be scheduled by the student in consultation with the Professor. NOTE: Second semester students wishing more courtroom experience may fulfill this requirement by arranging their schedule so as to permit them to be available BOTH Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Each clinic student from all the Pitt Law Clinics must be available for ONE hour a week to answer the clinic phone in the clinic offices. The student chooses his or her phone hour and every effort is made to accommodate the student’s preference.
Please schedule accordingly when you register so that you comply with the above requirements.
Each student will receive a letter grade based on some or all of the following factors in no particular order of importance:
- Participation in classes and case rounds meetings,
- Drafting skills,
- Client interviewing, student’s ability to work effectively with clients,
- Advocacy Skills, both written and oral,
- Research Assignments,
- General competence, diligence and initiative in handling cases,