Legal Skills in Social Context TYPICAL PROJECT CALENDAR
Legal Skills in Social Context TYPICAL PROJECT CALENDAR APRIL Rolling admissions begin LATE-JUNE Application deadline JULY Projects selected and organizations notified SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM Lawyering Fellows work with organizations to plan project details and organize logistics; student law offices conduct background research Selected list of participating organizations Project scope completed, client representation agreement signed Lawyering Fellows prepare project implementation plans JANUARY – MID-MARCH Student law offices implement projects; research completed LATE MARCH – EARLY APRIL Students complete reports and present findings to the community and client organizations MAY Clients receive final reports SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER MID-OCTOBER DECEMBER N T I O L I C A A P P ills in Legal Skontext S o c iLaJlU SCT I C E P R O G R A M SEND ATTACH EXTRA ESS AS NEC SHEETS ste ETED COMPL san Maze-Rothce Program w or Su l Justi of La Profess LSSC Socia School ll , iversity Director r Ha stern Un Dockse Northea Street, 310 th 5 -7609 65 Forsy 11 MA 02 (617) 373 e call: Boston, as tions, ple aw/lssc ve ques edu/l If you ha rtheastern. no or visit: SOCIA ARY Fax: Phone: E-Mail: of II. Name (Must be primary someo above) ent from s (if differ Addres Fax: ent from s (if differ Southern Legal Counsel Legal Aid of Arkansas Washington State Office of Public Defense Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Migrant Farmworker Justice Project Wuhan University School of Law, Center for Protection for the Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens, China For more information Professor Susan Maze-Rothstein, Director Legal Skills in Social Context Social Justice Program Northeastern University School of Law 65 Forsyth Street, 310 Dockser Hall Boston, MA 02115 At Northeastern University School of Law, students are challenged to think about what it means to practice social justice law in the 21st century. The Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Social Justice Program is a partnership between community organizations or agencies and the School of Law to address unmet social justice needs. 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Name s: Addres National Whistleblowers Center Citizen Schools For more detailed information, visit our website at northeastern.edu/law/lssc or please contact: 2016 April 1, gins on sions Be 20, 2016 Admis ne : Rolling ADLINE: Ju ION TO DE AT L IC FINA APPL in 1 7 – 2 0 2 0 1 6 Brazilian Immigrant Center northeastern.edu/law/lssc Legal Skills in Social Context The Social Justice Program The Process SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM As part of the School of Law’s commitment to experiential learning and community partnerships, students in the LSSC program employ their analytical research and writing skills to address social justice challenges identified by a wide range of community organizations and agencies. APPLYING: The Legal Skills in Social Context Course (LSSC) LSSC is an intensive firstyear critical reasoning and practice course that focuses on developing students’ analytic, advocacy and team-lawyering skills through an exploration of the complex interplay between law and issues of diversity. It is the only course of its kind in the nation, and is renowned for: • Exposing law students to the complex relationships among law, diversity, values and multicultural American society, as applied to historically marginalized groups. • Challenging students’ values to help sensitize them to the formidable tasks involved in addressing societal differences. • Requiring students to develop critical analytical and 21st century problemsolving skills in the context of team lawyering. • Providing an opportunity to create representational relationships between Northeastern students and community organizations. “In a world of sharply reduced resources for public interest work, our programs have needed to seriously examine nontraditional means of providing top-quality legal assistance to the disadvantaged. Year after year, we have found the work of the Northeastern LSSC students to be exceptional and of great importance both to our clients and other farmworkers across the country.” –Greg Schell, Migrant Farmworker Justice Project LSSC benefits organizations by pursuing aspects of your social justice agenda that you might otherwise forego due to staffing or resource constraints. The program provides your organization with a free and closely supervised lawyer think tank — the energy and acumen of two upper-level law student Lawyering Fellows and 12 first-year law students, all under close faculty supervision. Above all, you will contribute to the legal education of future lawyers by participating in this team-lawyering effort and by introducing students to the spirit and practice of community lawyering. To participate in the LSSC program, your organization must meet the following requirements (see application form for additional expectations): • Identify a compelling social justice issue. • You must propose a project, or a set of small, related projects, that can be completed in the first six months of first-year students’ academic year, and involves both legal and investigative field research components (presenting a social justice question to be addressed within a real-world context that requires case law, statutory and/or policy research, as well as anecdotal research based on interviews and meetings with experts, stakeholders and/or site visits). • By late June you must complete and return the application materials. • You must designate a contact person (or persons) who will be available to provide limited assistance to the students for the duration of the entire project — from September through the end of May. Please visit our website at northeastern.edu/law/lssc for a more detailed description of the program and projects completed in recent years. • Complete the application form available in hard copy or online by late June. NOTIFICATION OF SELECTION: • Your organization will be notified by early July if your proposal presents an appropriate learning opportunity for our students and can feasibly be completed in the time frame provided. MOVING FORWARD: • Once your proposal has been accepted, an upperlevel Lawyering Fellow will contact you in September. The Lawyering Fellow, with your organization’s input and faculty oversight, will plan and organize the project’s details, and produce an agreement on the specifics by October. • In the fall, a member of your organization is required to visit the law school to introduce the project to participating students. • In December, a new Lawyering Fellow will be assigned to coordinate your law office team of approximately 12 first-year students. • The project research will be completed by the middle of March. The student law office responsible for your project will make an oral presentation at the law school of its findings in late March or early April, and a final written report will be presented to your organization by May.