Learn how to interview clients and assess their legal needs.
Our law school’s Moderate Means Program is a great way to learn about client interviewing, a skill you’ll need as a practicing lawyer. Our interns interview more clients than students in any other program. One of my interns spoke with 90 clients in one semester!
At the Moderate Means Program, I train law students to interview low and moderate income clients with issues in the areas of family, housing, and consumer law. My interns interview applicants by telephone, analyze their legal issues, and then refer them to private attorneys who have agreed to represent our clients at reduced fees. It’s a good way for people of moderate income to get legal help they can afford, and it’s an excellent way for students to learn about some common areas of the law and to get experience working with clients. Continue reading
As the staff attorney for the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project (FMOP) I train law students on how to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Foreclosure is complicated and the process can be overwhelming for clients. Through FMOP, students help clients who may not know they have any legal rights and who could not otherwise afford an attorney. Students do community outreach, staff a legal clinic in Tacoma, and intern with local legal aid organizations.
The Sidebar cafe in Sullivan Hall is a popular gathering spot for law students.
As assistant director for student life, I work with students every day to help them develop interesting and informative programs, initiatives, and events, and help them enrich their law school experience outside of the classroom. I provide support to both full-time and part-time students, and I serve as a liaison between students and the administration.
I also work with more than 40 student organizations and their leaders, who are not only leaders in the law school community but also in the larger community where they regularly help disenfranchised and underserved people. Continue reading