Civil Rights Clinic

The Civil Rights Clinic is a 6-credit, one-semester* course that allows students to work on important, interesting civil rights issues pending before state and federal appeals courts. The clinic is taught by faculty and staff associated with the Law School's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality.

In past years, clinic students have worked on a wide range of issues. For example, they have drafted briefs challenging Arizona's ethnic studies ban (Arizona federal district court and Ninth Circuit); fighting bias in closing argument (Ninth Circuit) and the application of the death penalty (Washington Supreme Court); and arguing the need for diversity on medical school faculties (U.S. Supreme Court). The clinic is taught by faculty associated with the Law School's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. This fall, the clinic will be taught by Professors Bob Chang and Lorraine Bannai, along with Korematsu Center staff attorneys Melissa Lee and Jessica Levin.

Students interested in the clinic should see the instructions for applying for the Civil Rights Clinic, which require you to sign up for the clinic lottery and to submit an application. Please note the minimum grade requirements for applying for the clinic. All applicants must watch the information session video below.

For more information about the Civil Rights Clinic, including descriptions of the work of the Korematsu Center and briefs written in its cases, see the Korematsu Center webpage. You can also contact Professor Bob Chang or Professor Lorraine Bannai.

*During some years, one team of students may take on a year-long representation to brief and argue a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For an example of this type of representation, see the clinic's prior involvement in Hoisington v. Williams, in which fourth-year Seattle University law student Will Witherspoon argued against punitive conditions of confinement at the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center, "A strong argument: Student impresses with Court of Appeals appearance"; and Merrick v. Inmate Legal Services, in which third -year SU Law student Katie Loberstein argued violation of a prisoner's right to access to the courts and religious freedom, "Student takes inmate's civil rights case to federal court." We will not be taking on a Ninth Circuit representation during the 2018-19 academic year.