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.

Instructions for Applying to the Civil Rights Clinic:

Please email Professor Bob Chang,, at least 48 hours before the lottery to confirm:

  • That you have completed Legal Writing II and Constitutional Law and that you give Korematsu Center faculty and staff permission to speak with these professors about your performance in both courses, as the Civil Rights Clinic requires a good foundational understanding of Constitutional Law and the principles of good legal writing. Please include the names of your professors in your email.

  • That your schedule will permit you to complete 17.5 office hours per week during regular business hours.

More About the Clinic:

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. In Spring 2020, the clinic will be taught by Professors Bob Chang and Lorraine Bannai, along with Korematsu Center assistant directors Melissa Lee and Jessica Levin.

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.