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Centers, Clinics and Programs

Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program


In accordance with the Jesuit tradition of social justice advocacy and the promotion of Gospel values, students enrolled at the Loyola University School of Law must satisfy the law and poverty requirement by enrolling in the Law and Poverty course, the Law Clinic Program, the Street Law Program, or the Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program. Each of these programs stresses the professional obligation of each student, as a future lawyer, to work for the common good. The Gillis Long Student Pro Bono Program allows students to provide legal services to indigent clients in the greater metropolitan area. Students enrolled in the program gain practical legal experience and provide legal assistance to those who are unable to afford it. The pro bono program places students in various fields of law, both civil and criminal, where students are asked to complete a minimum of 50 hours of legal work under the supervision of licensed attorneys. No grade is received for the work, nor are credit hours given. However, students successfully completing the pro bono program do fulfill the law and poverty requirement needed for graduation.

Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center

The Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center was established in 1985 at Loyola School of Law by act of the United States Congress in memory of the late Congressman from Louisiana whose career exemplified service to the needs of the disadvantaged. The center provides training, research, and other support to organizations and individuals who are involved in the delivery of legal services to the poor, including the Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The administrative offices of the center are located in LS 414 and the telephone number is (504) 861-5746.


Loyola Law Clinic

The Loyola Law Clinic provides senior law students an opportunity to gain practical experience in criminal, civil, and administrative law in a live clinical environment. Participating students receive a total of six hours credit for two semesters of work in the program. Working under the supervision of attorneys, students investigate, prepare, negotiate, and try civil and criminal cases. A limited number of openings are available in local district attorney and city attorney offices. Preference is given to students who have demonstrated an interest in exploring ways to expand the delivery of legal services to those in society who do not have the resources to secure competent legal representation.


The Public Law Center

The Public Law Center is a public interest law firm, jointly operated by Loyola School of Law and Tulane Law School. It is a unique clinical program devoted to training students in legislative and administrative advocacy rather than in courtroom litigation. The center drafts proposed legislation and agency regulations as a means of providing representation for groups traditionally underrepresented in the legislative and administrative processes. The center provides valuable training in public law for second- and third-year law students. The administrative offices are located at Tulane Law School, and the telephone number is (504) 862-8850.

In 2002, the Kendall Vick Public Law Foundation pledged a substantial gift to create the Kendall Vick Endowment for Public Law at Loyola. The endowment income will be used to support particular programs of the center and the law school with the goal of encouraging students to pursue a career in public law.

 

Updated August 18, 2005