Columbus Community Legal Services offers four distinct clinical courses: the Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic; the Families and the Law Clinic; the Veterans Advocacy and Estate Planning Clinic; and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
Veteran Advocacy and Estate Planning Clinic
CUA’s Veterans Advocacy and Estate Planning Clinic gives students in both our Evening and Day Division the opportunity to represent real clients in real cases under the supervision of an experienced clinical law professor. Student attorneys will fight for the rights of those who have served our country in the armed forces and have been denied veterans’ benefits. Students will work closely with their clients from the initial interview onward and will receive a thorough grounding in both Administrative Law and Appellate Practice. Students will learn and carry out the practical aspects of fact investigation, legal research, legal drafting, negotiations and oral and written advocacy. In addition, we will offer estate planning services to both veterans and non-veterans alike. Student attorneys will draft wills, trusts, health care directives and powers of attorney.
Enrollment preference is given to Evening Division students.
Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic
The Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic [IRAC] offers students the opportunity to represent, under the supervision of a clinic attorney, low-income immigrant and refugee clients living in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. IRAC assists clients with immigration matters as well as related civil matters that affect or relate to the client’s immigration or refugee status. Our clients include adults as well as unaccompanied minors.
Families and the Law Clinic
The Families and the Law Clinic (FALC) is designed to help students develop lawyering skills through practical experience, to take on cases of domestic violence, family law, and immigration law. By representing persons who would otherwise proceed pro se, FALC students gain hands-on experience while learning the dynamics of domestic violence and poverty.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
CCLS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides direct representation to low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS dealing with such issues as return filing, IRS correspondence examinations and IRS face-to-face examinations, IRS collections, and appeals to the IRS. CCLS's LITC will also assist taxpayers with judicial review before the United States Tax Court as necessary. The clinic will also develop a tax payer education workshop which will cover such topics as an overview of the IRS and Federal Income Tax systems, the importance of proper completion of the W-4, different filing statuses, dependents, deductions and various tax credits, specifically, but not limited to, Earned Income Tax Credit, home ownership credits, child credits and education credits. At each tax payer education workshop tax payers will also have an opportunity to obtain limited advice and consultation regarding their personal tax issues.