Community Law Clinic
Students in our Community Law Clinic represent clients who could not otherwise afford an attorney in a wide variety of legal matters. These include:
- Representing individuals in family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, termination of parental rights, adoptions, and guardianships
- Assisting individuals with obtaining domestic violence protection orders
- Advocating for tenants in landlord-tenant disputes
- Defending clients in consumer debt collection actions
- Advising individuals on changing their names
- Preparing simple wills and Powers of Attorney
This practice resembles cases in which the majority of Idaho lawyers participate. Most cases are small enough that they can be completed in the time that a student is involved in the clinic program. A few are more complex, and have resulted in student participation in trials lasting a week or more.
Seeking assistance from the Community Law Clinic
The Community Law Clinic serves individuals with legal matters in Latah County and Nez Perce County with incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Yes, the clinic will assist students with their legal matters if they fall within the income guidelines.
The clinic can help survivors of domestic violence or stalking obtain civil protection orders. The clinic can assist individuals with various family law matters, such as obtaining a divorce or a custody order. The clinic can advocate for individuals that are facing housing issues or having disputes with their landlords. The clinic can also help individuals legally change their names.
Individuals seeking services must first apply for services and participate in an intake interview. Third year law students working in the clinic will conduct the intake interview and gather information about you and your legal matter. The supervising attorney will then review the information and determine whether the clinic can assist you.
The clinic does not charge for legal services. However, there may be costs associated with a legal matter, such as service fees, costs to publish a legal notice in the newspaper, or fees to attend a court-ordered class, that you would be responsible for.
The clinic is an educational program designed to give law students hands on experience serving clients and practicing law. Therefore, you will be working with a third-year law student (referred to as a legal intern) who has a limited license to practice law from the Idaho Supreme Court. The third-year law student will be supervised by Professor Jessica Long.