University of Arkansas Legal Clinic
The nonprofit clinic works with non-profit organizations in the state of Arkansas. Most of our clients are from northwest Arkansas, but we are open to helping others in the state, as long as they understand that their designated representatives need to come to our offices if necessary. Organizations that are already not-for-profit and have been established, but need to make adjustments are also welcome. Organizations that have in-house counsel or that have budgeted for legal services are not eligible for services. The clinic is located at the University of Arkansas School of Law, at the corner of Maple and Garland. Our office at 107 Waterman Hall, near the northeast entrance of the school. Hospital parking is available at the Lindell entrance to the Garland Parking complex and is available by appointment. Those who require housing for people with disabilities must accommodate your student so that we can arrange for a permit for you. Disclaimer: UA Little Rock Legal Clinic does not represent adults in criminal matters. Prisoners in the Arkansas Department of Corrections should not send materials to our clinic because not all of these documents are reviewed. The course is preferred for providing basic legal knowledge of substantive immigration law, including immigration and nationality law, the Code of Federal Regulations, and Department of Homeland Security`s internal forms, applications, and policies. Courses are also offered on topics specific to the representation of persons before the immigration court, such as working with interpreters and the implications of the administrative nature of the court system. Course readings focus on substantive law and come from a variety of sources throughout the semester.
Students are also required to read skill-related articles and books to prepare to work with clients and deal with representations. Guest speakers throughout the semester may include local immigration lawyers, interpreters, immigration court staff, and Department of Justice lawyers. It is taken twice a year, in late January and late August. Additional admissions may take place during the academic semester if places become available. The clinic operates a waitlist system, and agencies are encouraged to call ahead of admission time to be placed on the waiting list. The clinic staff will tell you where you are on the waiting list when you call. During the admission phases, you will meet with a student lawyer who will review your case and see if we can handle it. If your case is accepted by the clinic, it will be handled by student lawyers under the supervision of Professor Tarvin until graduation. Clinical courses bring theory to life in the classroom. Many of our graduates describe their clinical experience as the best course they have taken in law school.
We are one of the few law schools that offers day and evening students the opportunity to take a clinical course. Our clinical programs not only provide law students with exceptional educational experiences, but also address many of the community`s unmet legal needs. There is no fee for legal representation by the University of Arkansas School of Law Legal Clinic. The organizations represented are responsible for paying all registration fees and representation fees. All legal services provided by the Immigration Law Clinic are free of charge. Customers are only responsible for the cost of registrations, registration fees and associated shipping costs. The Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic represents low-income clients seeking to assert their rights in a variety of civil matters, including unpaid wages and appeals against denial of unemployment benefits. Under the strict supervision of the faculty, students develop their ability to practice law effectively and ethically while providing much-needed legal assistance. Students deal with all aspects of client advocacy, including interviews and advice, fact-finding and discovery, negotiation, and court appearances. Students also attend a weekly seminar and may have the opportunity to engage in other forms of advocacy. If you need help with a legal issue that clinics can`t resolve, you can contact Legal Aid of Arkansas, which provides legal advice and representation to certain eligible individuals.
Legal Aid of Arkansas also has an online library of information on common legal issues. The civil clinic provides free legal representation to people who are owed a salary for their work or who have been denied unemployment benefits. If you have any questions about clinics and programs, please contact Associate Dean Terry. Arkansas has one of the fastest growing foreign-born populations in the country, but few local lawyers practice immigration law. A recent study found that 50% of immigrants nationwide get by without the necessary legal representation. Given Arkansas` growing population, this number is likely to be higher. Statistics also show that immigrants without representation are much less likely to receive relief than those who are represented. The Immigration Law Clinic will train students in the requirements of specialized practice and substantive law related to immigration practice in order to fill gaps in locally available legal services.
The immigration clinic serves as a model that prepares students for general practice by equipping them with both the skills and value essential to success while meeting a growing need in the community.