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Making a Difference: UT Legal Clinic

The Mission

The University of Tennessee College of Law Legal Clinic works to serve the community and the indigent, to encourage future pro bono service, and to contribute to the education and development of law students to become thoughtful, skilled, and ethical attorneys. The legal clinic provides students with the opportunity to practice law and represent clients under faculty supervision. The longest-running legal clinic in the nation, UT Law’s clinic started in 1946 and involves 12 faculty members and approximately 100 students every year.

The Partners

Video: UT Law Students Spend Spring Break Doing Immigration Pro Bono Work

Video: UT Law Students Spend Spring Break Doing Immigration Pro Bono Work

Community partners include Knox County Public Defender’s Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Knox County District Attorney’s Office, US Attorney’s Office, Knox County Juvenile Court, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the Family Justice Center, Knox County Schools, Habitat for Humanity, the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Grandparents as Parents Organization, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, the Knox County Office on Aging, Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, Operation Stand Down (Volunteers of America), Knoxville YWCA, and Centro Hispano.The University of Tennessee, Knoxville partner is the College of Law.

Impact on UT

UT is a national leader in law school service-learning. From the original clinic handling only litigation matters, it has expanded to eleven clinical programs, all focused on teaching students to practice law and serve their community. Clinical programs include the Advocacy Clinic, Appellate Litigation Clinic, Business Law and Trademark Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, Immigration Clinic, Innocence/Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Mediation and Family Mediation Clinic, Nonprofit Clinic, Wills Clinic, Clemency mini-clinic, and Expungement mini-clinic.

Impact on Community

Through the Legal Clinic, the community receives high-quality, free legal work provided by upper-level law students. Students have been involved in projects as diverse as helping startup businesses via the UT Business Incubator, jury trials in federal and state court, enforcing protective orders for victims of domestic violence, and mediating actual disputes. Beyond the impact of the individual work, there is the ongoing impact of a well-trained cadre of law school graduates who have already experienced public service and pro bono work and will continue to practice in these areas in their careers after graduation.

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