Cincinnati Law's clinics pack a powerful experiential punch. Whether you want to prepare for a Silicon-Valley-style start-up life as an entrepreneur at one of the country's top tech accelerators or advocate for survivors of all ages who are facing dire life challenges, we provide opportunities to help you learn and grow through experience.
Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic
Hone critical client representation skills as you counsel and represent clients from the community in the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court and the Court of Common Pleas as part of Cincinnati Law's Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic. This Clinic includes a semester-long program during your third year, during which you receive extensive training along with hands-on experience. You'll hone skills in interviewing, investigation, negotiation, drafting pleadings and correspondence as well as direct and cross-examination as you work collaboratively both with clinic colleagues and with off-campus and on- campus partners. Weekly classes and individual supervision offer support with case rounds, case preparation and self-care.
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
During your third year at Cincinnati Law, you can sign up to join the popular Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC), where you can gain real-world experience representing local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on transactional legal issues critical to their success. Cincinnati, a top destination for tech and branding-focused entrepreneurs, provides fertile ground for learning how to assist clients in forming their businesses, complying with regulations and licensing, protecting trademarks and copyrights, contract negotiations and more. ECDC, a highly valued resource in the region, has established strong partnerships with local business accelerators and community development organizations.
Indigent Defense Clinic
As part of Cincinnati Law's Indigent Defense Clinic, select third-year law students represent clients charged with misdemeanors and low-level felonies in Hamilton County, Ohio. Each year, four Cincinnati Law third-year students join the cooperative effort with the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office and private local attorneys who generously donate countless pro bono hours. The year-long program starts with a 10-day trial advocacy “boot camp,” then hones practice basic trial skills during weekly seminars. As part of the Clinic, from initial client interviews and case brainstorming to investigations and trials, you'll learn best practices in client-centered community defense.
Patent and Trademark Clinic
At Cincinnati Law's Patent and Trademark Clinic, you'll get hands-on experience helping business owners protect their patents and trademarks. Launched in Fall 2017, the Clinic offers you opportunities to practice Intellectual Property law under the supervision of local IP attorneys, providing much needed legal assistance to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs who otherwise could not afford the help needed to protect some of their most valuable assets.
Sixth Circuit Clinic
Learn the basics of appellate advocacy first-hand at Cincinnati Law's Sixth Circuit Clinic. This one- or two-semester experience allows you to work directly on cases actively pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which is located in downtown Cincinnati. You'll work alongside practicing attorneys with active cases in the Sixth Circuit, giving you unprecedented access to the inner-workings of the court system. You can attend arguments at the Court, review lower court records, find issues, write drafts of briefs and even participate in mock oral arguments in a Sixth Circuit courtroom.