Law School Clinics

Our law school clinics will give you the practical skills you need to approach your legal profession with confidence. Prosecution Clinic students will be exposed to the role and responsibilities of a prosecutor, while Constitutional Litigation Clinic students will play an essential role in federal and state cases affecting religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the traditional family. 

Clinical Programs

Prosecution Clinic

Work closely with Virginia Commonwealth's Attorneys and get the opportunity to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the prosecution of criminal law cases. Law school clinic students will construct plea offers with defense counsel, prepare witnesses for court, and conduct hearings and criminal trials.

The Prosecution Clinic offers law school students the opportunity to participate in a summer and fall externship in Virginia Commonwealth's Attorneys' Offices. Students will work under the direct supervision of a faculty supervisor and Commonwealth Attorney’s Office prosecutors and will be involved in all aspects of criminal prosecution.

The clinic will also contain a classroom component where you will cover subject matter that includes the following:

  • Role of the prosecutor
  • Ethics
  • Prosecutorial discretion
  • Plea bargaining
  • Preparing for motions and hearings
  • Responding to requests for discovery
  • Litigation skills
  • Preparing jury instructions
  • Understanding sentencing guidelines, etc.

You also may conduct legal research and writing, write motions and briefs, and give oral arguments. Receive two credit hours each for the summer and fall semesters, respectively.

Get Involved

Cynthia E.Tompkins
Center for Prosecution Director
(434) 592-5300
cetompkins@liberty.edu


Constitutional Litigation Clinic

Gain the unique opportunity to help safeguard constitutional liberties in real cases. Through the clinic, you will provide assistance on actual constitutional matters while receiving guidance and training from expert civil rights attorneys. You will play an important support role in federal and state cases affecting religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the traditional family. Through the clinic, you will also have the opportunity to protect constitutional freedoms, defend first principles, and help restore the culture. 

In this intense clinical experience, you'll learn more about these topics:

  • Civil procedure
  • Evidence
  • Substantive law
  • Law office management
  • Ethics
  • Professional responsibility  

Get Involved

Joseph J. Martins
Director for the Constitutional Litigation Clinic
(434) 592-5300
jmartins2@liberty.edu

 

Virginia Legal Aid Society

Take advantage of Liberty Law’s partnership with Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) and gain courtroom experience under a third-year practice certificate while earning credit and gaining a greater understanding of pro bono, low bono, and legal aid work. Students have the opportunity to work on numerous legal issues including Virginia landlord and tenant law; public benefits denials and terminations (such as SNAP and TANF); the Virginia Employment Commission and unemployment law; debt collection and defenses; and permanent protective orders in domestic violence cases, while providing legal services to clients who could otherwise not afford counsel.

Get Involved

David B. Neumeyer, Esq.
Virginia Legal Aid Society Executive Director
(434) 238-2222