The faculty and administration at the Phoenix School of Law believe that in order to create law graduates who are professionally prepared; they must be exposed to practical skills and ethical instruction in a variety of different ways: externships, workshops, classes and mentoring. This practical experience helps develop our students to be professionally prepared upon graduation. Through the clinical experience, each student will demonstrate improved skills of learning from practice and will have developed a strong commitment to the value of lifelong learning in the practice of law.
PhoenixLaw’s Mediation Clinic has been in operation since Spring 2007. This was the first clinic created at the law school (prior to accreditation) in large part because the clinic students (who act as mediators not advocates) would not need to be certified under Arizona Supreme Court Rule 38 (the student practice rule). After achieving provisional approval from the ABA, PhoenixLaw petitioned for an amendment to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona which had allowed only the University of Arizona College of Law and the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law to operate clinical programs. By a temporary special interim order issued in November, 2007, pending formal amendment, the Court concluded that PhoenixLaw should be placed on an equal footing with the existing law schools. The formal amendment of the Rule was heard and approved in Fall 2008, and PhoenixLaw was added.
In 2010, PhoenixLaw introduced the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic and the Veterans Tax Clinic.
The Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic assists military veterans with legal matters they may encounter once they leave the military. The clnic helps with civil matters and does not assist with any criminal matters at this time. The clinic offers legal assistance in the following civil matters:
- Wills & Estate Planning
- Consumer Rights
- Assistance with Veteran's Services
- Foreclosure Law & Issues
The Veterans Tax Clinic is operated by second and third year law students. The students have Volunteer Income Tax Assitance (VITA) certification. The students receive IRS training from a tax specialist and are supervised by a tax professional. Phoenix School of Law works closely with the IRS to ensure quality preparation and information. The Veterans Tax Clinic offers assistance in the following areas:
- Personal Federal Income Tax Advice
- Personal Federal Income Tax Preparation
- Assistance to Veterans
To contact a clinic please select from the list below:
Veteran's Legal Assistance Clinic
Veteran's Tax Clinic
Not taking new cases fall 2011
Human Rights and Immigration Clinic