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Crime Victim Litigation Clinic


Under the supervision of Clinical Professor Meg Garvin and the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), students support crime victim attorneys nationwide through legal research and writing. Students help write amicus curiae briefs that are filed in trial and appellate courts nationwide, help anticipate and prepare for future litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, and contribute to legal publications on emerging issues in victim law. 


Through clinic participation, students work to provide practicing attorneys and victim advocates information, research and legal analysis on victim law. These projects require the students to apply legal research, writing and analysis to live legal issues. Projects include researching and writing legal memoranda, drafting pleadings, and writing case summaries on victims’ rights-related issues and drafting model legislation. Students also have the opportunity to assist NCVLI in writing amicus curiae briefs for filing in state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide.

Students who are certified may have the chance to represent victims on issues involving subpoenas for private information issued in criminal cases.

The Clinic is open to all students who have successfully completed their first year of law school.

Find out more about CVLC requirements and opportunities in the course catalog.