Domestic Violence Clinical Center

NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Clinical Center (DVCC) was started in 1998 with a firm belief that the law is an invaluable tool for combating domestic abuse, and for helping to alleviate the physical and emotional burdens faced by victims and their families.

DVCC’s work has shown not only the power of the law to create new lives for victims of domestic violence, but also that law students can be passionate, effective litigators. Upon becoming lawyers, students carry with them the knowledge that law is a tool for positive social change, and they are empowered to use it in their future careers.

The DVCC is a one-year clinic operating on two cycles: from the Summer through the Fall and the Fall through the Spring. Evidence is a pre- or co-requisite.  Students from any area law school may apply.

Participants in DVCC have the opportunity to

  • Study the integration of law and psychology specific to intimate violence, through guest lecturers, seminars, simulations and readings
  • Learn client interviewing, safety planning, evidence gathering, case preparation, legal writing, trial advocacy and negotiation skills
  • Litigate family offense and visitation cases under a Student Practice Order in New York City Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts that allows practice under NYLAG supervision
  • Begin with the initial client interview, draft and file appropriate documents, negotiate with opposing counsel, handle court hearings and final disposition of cases
  • Study the family, matrimonial, immigration and criminal law as they relate to domestic violence in weekly seminars designed to supplement on-the-job training

To apply to the DVCC, second or third year law students should send their résumé along with a one page cover letter indicating why they are interested in the clinic to Kim Susser at ksusser@nylag.org or Lisa Rivera at lrivera@nylag.org.

Academic/clinical credit is determined by the law school.