Our Clinics

In the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic, law students gain practical legal experience representing clients. By design, the Clinic functions as a laboratory for justice. Through training, advocacy, scholarship, and community partnerships, we strive to serve the community and improve the law and law practice.

In the clinic, law students take the lead in handling all aspects of client representation.  These responsibilities include developing and maintaining the attorney-client relationship, strategic planning, fact investigation, legal research, drafting and filing documents, and appearing in court.

The Clinic offers nine clinics in regular rotation:

  • Appellate Clinic  

    Students in the Appellate Clinic work on federal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or state appeals before the Nevada Supreme Court. These cases include direct criminal appeals and civil appeals. Students digest the case record, interview and counsel their clients about the possible issues to include in the appeal, identify and develop factual and legal issues for appeal, file briefs and argue cases in the appellate courts.

    Professor Anne Traum

  • Education Advocacy Clinic  
    Students in the Education Advocacy Clinic work with graduate students from School of Education’s Educational Psychology Department to advocate for the educational rights of children with disabilities in the public school system. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the law school’s innovative Kids’ Court School, which educates child witnesses in Clark County court cases about the judicial process in order to reduce their system-induced stress. The clinic helps law students learn to work collaboratively with professionals in other disciplines, to advocate effectively in school disciplinary and other administrative proceedings, and to utilize research from other disciplines to develop best practices for interviewing child clients and witnesses.

    Credits: 6. Graded.

    Professor Rebecca Nathanson

  • Family Justice Clinic  
    Students in the Family Justice Clinic provide representation and advocacy for low-income people and communities for whom access to justice is limited. The clinic has a particular focus on those facing multiple forms of system involvement and whose identities impact their relationship to the legal system, including sex/gender diverse persons, prisoners and their families, clients engaged with immigration issues, and those affected by the child welfare system and other forms of state intervention. Beginning in Fall 2019, the clinic will also begin representing organizational clients who serve these communities.

    Credits: 6. Graded.

    Professor Elizabeth MacDowell

  • Immigration Clinic  
    Students in the Immigration Clinic engage with immigrant communities through direct client representation and policy advocacy for vulnerable populations that are otherwise unable to obtain legal representation. Students may represent clients in administrative proceedings, Immigration Court, and federal and state courts. Some students may work in appellate and amici capacities, while others may engage in regulatory and legislative reform efforts. The clinic is purposefully diverse, exposing students to the broad reach of immigration law into a vast array of legal systems and social institutions. Immigration law presents unparalleled complexities and rich client interactions. In problem solving with their clients, students are challenged to integrate demanding legal analysis with sophisticated community advocacy.

    Credits: 6. Graded.

    Professor Michael Kagan

  • Investor Protection Clinic  
    The Investor Protection Clinic (IPC) exposes second and third year law students to securities litigation and arbitration under the supervision of a licensed attorney. In addition to gaining dispute resolution experience for disputes involving securities and financial products, students will learn about the regulatory organizations governing financial institutions and serve as important community resources by providing investor education. Although the caseload will vary each semester, students may draft arbitration and mediation materials and may litigate, mediate, settle, arbitrate or try cases. Students may also research and draft comment letters on proposed rules and regulations or make community presentations about investor and financial protection topics. Clinic seminars will take two forms: topical and case rounds. Topical sessions focus on substantive law, procedure, policy or lawyering issues and will generally involve discussion of assigned reading or in class exercises to highlight particular issues. Case rounds provide an opportunity to respond to legal, ethical or policy issues arising in case work. Admission to the Investor Protection Clinic is by application only.

    Credits: 6. Graded.

    Professor Benjamin Edwards

  • Mediation Clinic  
    Students in the Mediation Clinic receive intensive mediation training and then mediate real legal disputes. This clinical experience will introduce you to the process of mediation, the neutral facilitation of negotiation between disputing or transacting parties. You will study theories of conflict, mediation, and negotiation, learn the skills used in the mediation process, from the perspective of mediators, parties, and their representatives, and also learn about legal regimes that regulate mediation and mediators. You will be mediating family disputes at Clark County’s Family Division and small claims cases at the Neighborhood Justice Center. In these real-world settings you will hone your skills as a mediator and have opportunities to reflect on the experience and receive feedback. The theory part of this course includes seminar readings, short exercises, role-plays, and simulations. You will be evaluated on your proficiency as a mediator during live mediations and in a video-taped mediation simulation as well as weekly writing assignments. In addition, you and your colleagues in the Clinic will work on a variety of community-based projects in partnership with institutional mediation providers in Las Vegas and around the state. Students earn six credits for this course and, after completing a 40-hour, mandatory pre-semester mediation training, are expected to commit an average of 15 hours per week on seminar and Clinic-related activity. Students in the Mediation Clinic will be certified to practice law in Nevada under limited practice Rule 49.5. There is no final exam.

    Credits: 6. Graded.

    Professor Lydia Nussbaum


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  • Misdemeanor Clinic  
    With the guidance and supervision of Misdemeanor Clinic professors, students will “first chair” criminal cases from the initial charging through sentencing, in the Justice and/or Municipal Courts of Clark County. Student attorneys will take the lead in client interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, case theory development, pretrial motion practice, discovery planning, oral advocacy, negotiation, trial, and sentencing. Clinic students may also engage in one criminal justice project that complements their litigation casework, such as policy papers, legislative and rule-making advocacy, strategic litigation, or community engagement.

    Credits: 6. Graded.

    Professor Eve Hanan
    Professor Anne Traum

  • Rosenblum Tax Clinic  
    The Rosenblum Family Foundation Tax Clinic is committed to providing tax justice. Our goal is to ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for taxpayers in Nevada who have limited means and who speak English as a second language while preparing law students to become practicing attorneys. We provide free representation for qualified taxpayers in their disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, educate taxpayers about their income tax rights and responsibilities, and advocate for changes to tax laws and procedures that negatively impact low income taxpayers. Students will represent taxpayers in IRS audits, IRS collections, and, occasionally, in the United States Tax Court. In the course of this representation, students will learn substantive and procedural tax law common to tax clinic cases. Students are responsible for all aspects of their cases. Students will gain experience with client interviewing and counseling, case planning and research, fact investigation, drafting, resolving ethical dilemmas, negotiations, and, occasionally, litigation. Students may work on special projects including making public comments on tax laws and regulations and preparing and presenting tax information for the community.

    Credits: 6. Graded.

    Professor Francine Lipman
    Professor Szu-Ju Chang