Programs & Clinics

Loyola places great importance on practical learning so students are equipped with a competitive edge when entering the legal profession.  The following list of cutting-edge programs and clinics combine intensive classroom learning with an experiential component in the field.

Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic

The clinic allows students to work directly with lawyers in the Federal Public Defender's Capital Habeas Litigation unit on habeas corpus petitions filed on behalf of California's Death Row inmates.  Each student works on a team with lawyers, paralegals and investigators, conducting legal research, drafting memoranda and pleadings, interviewing witnesses, client contact and case preparation.

Contact: 
Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy

The Center for Conflict Resolution

Provides mediation, conciliation and facilitation services, as well as conflict resolution training to the communities throughout Los Angeles.

Contact:
Mary B. Culbert '84, Associate Clinical Professor and Director, The Loyola Law School Center For Conflict Resolution

The Center for Juvenile Law and Policy

A legal clinic and policy center created to foster systemic reform of the Los Angeles juvenile justice system.

Contact:
Cyn Yamashiro '93, Clinical Professor and Executive Director, Center For Juvenile Law and Policy

The Center for Restorative Justice

This Center is founded on the belief that the human harm caused by crime must be healed by a criminal justice system that is more restorative than punitive.

Contacts:
Scott E. Wood, Clinical Professor of Law, and Co-Director, Center For Restorative Justice
Seth Lennon Weiner '10, Fellow and Co-Director, Center for Restorative Justice

The Center for the Study of Law and Genocide

Provides legal assistance to victims of genocide and promotes the study of law concerning mankind's greatest crime.

Contact:
Stanley A. Goldman '75, Professor of Law and Director, Center for the Study of Law and Genocide

The Civil Justice Program

Promotes and publishes research regarding the operations of the civil justice system and initiates cross-disciplinary projects with the goals of describing the operations of the civil justice system and proposing desirable changes.

Contact:
John T. Nockelby, Professor of Law, Director, Civil Justice Program

Disability Rights Legal Center

Provides assistance to persons with disabilities through impact litigation, individual representation, telephone assistance trainings and meaningful referrals to other agencies.

Contact:
Paula Pearlman, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Executive Director, Disability Rights Legal Center

Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice

Named after prominent Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler '74, the Fidler Institute hosts an annual day-long symposia featuring nationally renowned speakers in different areas of criminal law.

Contact:
Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy

Hobbs District Attorney Clinic

Students learn trial advocacy skills and are placed at one of the offices of the Los Angeles County District Attorney where they perform preliminary hearings, juvenile adjudications and jury trials in court.

Contact:
Susan Poehls '89, Director of Trial Advocacy and William C. Hobbs Clinical Professor of Law

The Military Veterans Justice Project

The mission of the Military Veterans Justice Project is to provide scholarships to students admitted to the Law School who have served in the United States Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere, and to provide targeted legal services to veterans who would otherwise be underserved by the legal profession.

Contact:
Barbara Schwerin, Director of the Advocacy Institute

National Civil Trial Competition

Invitational tournament open to ABA accredited law schools who have demonstrated excellence in mock trial competitions and/or in the training of law students in litigation skills.

Contact:
Susan Poehls '89, Director of Trial Advocacy and William C. Hobbs Clinical Professor of Law.

Project for the Innocent

Represents defendants who may be factually innocent.  Students investigate cases, research legal issues, interview witnesses and meet with experts.

Contact:
Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow and David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy

Young Lawyers Program

Brings high school students from low-income communities of color to Loyola to teach them trial advocacy and encourage them to pursue higher education so they can become advocates for their communities.

Contact:
Gary C. Williams, Professor of Law and Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Chair in Civil Rights