Domestic Violence Litigation Clinic
The Domestic Violence Litigation Clinic is a full-year clinic offered in partnership with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a not-for-profit organization providing free civil legal assistance to low and no-income individuals throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Working under the supervision of adjunct clinical faculty, students in the Clinic represent domestic violence victims seeking orders of protection, child custody and visitation. Cases are heard in the Family Court and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts in all five boroughs. The Clinic students may also represent the victim in any concurrent criminal proceeding, uncontested divorce and/or immigration cases under the Violence Against Women Act.
Guided by NYLAG’s student practice order, students handle all aspects of each case from inception to final disposition. As needed, they conduct client interviews, draft pleadings, negotiate settlements, make court appearances and conduct trials. Students complete the majority of case preparation at NYLAG’s office at 7 Hanover Square in Manhattan.