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Touro’s Clinical Program teaches students the skills required for effective legal advocacy and helps them develop a methodology for the practice of law while engaging in critical public interest work on behalf of underrepresented members of our community. The program’s goals are thus more ambitious than teaching students "how to" perform lawyering tasks.

In all of our clinical courses, students represent real clients facing real legal challenges or act as neutral mediators for parties involved in litigation. While engaged in this work, our students maintain primary responsibility for all aspects of their client’s case. For most students, this is their first opportunity to practice law. The habits of a lifetime will begin here. For this reason, our standards are high. Every case, no matter how small the issue or amount in controversy, is handled in the most professional manner. Each of our clients is treated with dignity and respect, and we embrace the opportunity to be of service while learning from the experience.

All 6-credit clinics require students to complete assignments, prepare for, and participate in a weekly 2 hour seminar. In addition, students must complete 170 hours of case work during the semester.

All 5-credit criminal clinics require students to complete assignments, prepare for, and participate in a weekly 3 hour seminar. In addition, students must complete 12 hours per week of case work during the semester.

All 3-credit clinics require students to complete assignments, prepare for, and participate in a weekly 2 hour seminar. In addition, students must complete 85 hours of case work during the semester.

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