Advocacy for the Elderly provides evening-division students with a unique opportunity to engage in the direct delivery of legal services. Students carry an individual caseload closely supervised by a clinical supervisor. Through direct delivery of legal services, students gain experience in practical trial techniques, refine research and writing skills, and develop important lawyering competencies such as negotiation, fact investigation, and case management. In addition to maintaining a caseload, students attend weekly classes and case reviews. The classroom component focuses on developing lawyering competencies and knowledge of relevant substantive areas of law.
The classroom component and client meetings are scheduled at night. Some flexibility in scheduling and daytime accessibility is necessary. Graded with a pass/fail option. Enrollment is limited. Students who have completed 41 credit hours, including Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure: The Investigative Process, and Evidence, may qualify to appear in court under the District of Columbia Student Practice Rule. Evening-division students are given preference in enrollment. A student may request to do a qualifying portfolio paper that fulfills a portion of the upper-level writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule X — Writing Requirement and Directed Research.