Becoming Practice Ready

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TRINITY LAW REVIEW

Trinity Law Review has been a source of scholarship regarding law and the Christian faith since its founding in 1980. Select students may participate in this journal’s publication, and some will be invited to join the editorial board.

MOOT COURT

Moot Court is a simulated court proceeding and students can compete for a position on the team. Participation helps develop research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. It’s a chance to measure their skills against those of other law students, as Trinity Moot Court competes regionally and nationwide. In March 2014, Trinity Law School’s Moot Court team took first place in the Frederick Douglass National Moot Court Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Click here to read more.

Internships

Trinity Law School’s Legal Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire and cultivate valuable skills by working as an intern in the legal community. Internships offer students an opportunity to increase their legal knowledge, gain exposure to real work settings, and provide valuable services to employers and clients. In order to be eligible to apply for an internship, the student must have successfully completed at least 24 units and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

Recent students have had the opportunity to intern in the following areas:

Bankruptcy Business Law Christian NGOs Civil Litigation Consumer Law
Constitutional Law & Religious Freedom Criminal Law District Attorney’s Office Entertainment Law Employment Law
Estate Planning Family Law Immigration In-House Insurance Law
Judiciary Labor Law Legislative Offices Patent & Trademark Personal Injury
Property Public Defender’s Office Real Estate Trademark Workers Compensation

Clinics

The Trinity Legal Clinics offer Trinity students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom education to helping actual clients before they have completed their J.D. Each clinic is supervised by a licensed attorney and is designed to immerse students in the world of law practice while providing much needed services to the community. Practicing law under the guidance of an experienced attorney in a service setting not only equips them with practical skills, but also instills a life-long commitment to serving others. Students gain hands-on experience in a wide spectrum of practice areas including mediating for peaceful resolution of disputes, assisting clients in gaining access to public benefits, filing motions in family court, and resolving criminal issues such as outstanding warrants and prior convictions.

Trinity Law Clinic

at the Orange County Rescue Mission

Trinity’s first legal clinic, Trinity Law Clinic started in summer 2009 as a partnership with the Orange County Rescue Mission and joins in the purpose of the Mission “to minster the love of Jesus Christ to the least, the last, and the lost.” Located on the campus of the Village of Hope, this clinic provides services to the residents of the Mission’s multiple programs around Southern California. Under the supervision of an attorney, law students interview clients and work with the supervising attorney to problem solve. Students address many of the biggest legal issues faced by the homeless including family law, criminal law, and debt issues. The clinic includes instruction on the provision of legal services, as well as hands-on training in interviewing clients, assessing legal needs, and providing answers to difficult legal issues.

Trinity Mobile Legal Clinic

Furthering Trinity’s partnership with the Orange County Rescue Mission, the Mobile Legal Clinic opened its doors during the spring 2012 semester. This “law office on wheels” runs in conjunction with other mobile services coordinated by the Mission: the Mobile Medical Clinic and the Chili Van. Each week law students, under the direction of a supervising attorney, work with low-income and homeless residents of Orange County in the parking lot of the OC Hall of Administration. Students interview clients and provide information to them, help complete court or administrative paperwork, assist clients in contacting government agencies and preparing for court hearings. Students address many of the biggest legal issues faced by the homeless including family law, criminal law, and debt issues. Through this ministry, TLS students are able to provide pro-bono legal services to members of society who might not otherwise have access to legal assistance.

Trinity Poverty Law Clinic

at the Christian Legal Aid Office

In fall 2013, the Trinity Poverty Law Clinic was opened to provide Trinity students with a formalized practical legal experience while serving the clients of the Christian Legal Aid Office (CLAO). CLAO, located at Trinity Law School, is dedicated to providing legal services to the poor and serving the local church by providing free and low-cost legal assistance to those unable to afford an attorney. This is accomplished through the use of volunteer attorneys and non-attorneys. Students in this clinic, under the direction of a supervising attorney, conduct intake interviews over the phone and in-person. They assist clients by facilitating access to CLAO in-house counsel or connecting them with a volunteer attorney for representation.  Students help clients complete court or administrative paperwork, contact government agencies, and prepare for court hearings. Students have the opportunity to accompany attorneys to client meetings and court hearings. The clinic includes instruction on the provision of legal services, as well as hands-on training in interviewing clients, assessing legal needs, and providing answers to difficult legal issues.

Trinity Bankruptcy Clinic

Located on the campus of Trinity Law School, the Trinity Bankruptcy Clinic is a pro bono legal clinic serving California residents in their Chapter 7 bankruptcies. Students are supervised by a practicing bankruptcy attorney as they assist clients in problem solving and preparing cases for filing in pro se. Clients are referred to this clinic by various agencies throughout Orange County.

Trinity Mediation Clinic

The Trinity Mediation Clinic (TMC) operates in conjunction with the Orange County Superior Court and Orange County Human Relations. TMC is designed to give students hands-on experience providing mediation services to the disputants and operates under the direction of Ryul Kim, a professor, mediator and licensed attorney. As mediators, the students act as third party neutrals to help the litigants facilitate a resolution of their pending lawsuits. This clinic equips students who may be interested in entering the field of alternative dispute resolution or those who would like to integrate peacemaking principles into their own legal practice.

Trinity Religious Liberty Clinic

at the Pacific Justice Institute

This clinic is housed on the Trinity campus and is a partnership with the Pacific Justice Institute. PJI is a non-profit organization that provides legal services to churches and individuals involved in cases of religious freedom, parental rights and other civil liberties. Students who participate in this clinic are exposed to writing a wide variety of trial and appellate level documents, including amicus briefs (friend of the court) for current cases. Their research and writing will directly contribute to important religious freedom matters. Students are supervised by attorneys who specialize in constitutional law.

My most valuable experiences have come from outside of the classroom. Those are the ones that are the most meaningful, and have been the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.

Pete Sakadjian ’14