The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic & Center for Social Justice
Academics. Justice. Service. These are the core tenets on which the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is built. Nowhere are they more prevalent than in the nationally ranked Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. This legal clinic gives third-year law students the opportunity to be sworn into practice law and put their classroom knowledge to work in representing those in need under the supervision of clinic faculty. Students gain a wide range of legal skills, practical experience in a number of fields, and learn what it means to use the law to serve others.
Student practitioners in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice are supervised by nationally renowned clinicians. Through the Law Clinic, law students have the chance to represent real clients in eight different fields of practice.
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Admissions, Application, and FAQ
Clinic Faculty News and Successes
Justice In The News
Professor Hector Linares appears in a recent WGNO article and broadcast regarding the proposed juvenile detention facility at Angola.
Pearl of Justice
Professor D. Majeeda Snead received the inaugural Pearl of Justice award in honor of Coretta Scott King.
Prof. Kusuda was selected to serve on the Federal Court Litigation Steering Committee of American Immigration Lawyers Association for the 2023-2024 term.…
Serving the Community
Spring 2023 Justice Journal
Click below to see the full Spring 2023 Justice Journal, the newsletter for the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. The Justice Journal newsletter contains updates, new projects, and highlights of section successes in the Law Clinic. Look out for the next newsletter to stay updated on the latest clinic news. Read past newsletters here.
Honored by the AALS
Christina Luwisch has been named to the Inaugural Pro Bono Honor Roll by the AALS and the Section on Pro Bono Access to Justice. The Pro Bono Honor Roll recognizes Christina for "exceptional work engaging in, expanding, and/or supporting your law school community in providing pro bono legal services."
Clinic Director's Recent Successes
The U.S. State Department named Professor Davida Finger a Fulbright Specialist for the next 3 years. The Fulbright Specialist program matches U.S. academics and professionals with significant expertise with the opportunity to complete short term project-based exchanges designed by institutions around the world. Professor Finger's focus is on collaboration with experiential curricula and law clinic programs.
Additionally, research by Professor Finger is cited in the Times-Picayune, ProPublica, Salon, MSNBC and news outlets nationwide as new data shows that the federally operated Road Home program implemented after Hurricane Katrina favored the wealthy and “shortchanged the poor.”
Workplace Justice Project
The Workplace Justice Project's work is rooted in improving economic outcomes for low-wage workers by LITIGATING workplace claims to increase access to, and fairness in the court system. We engage in POLICY RESEARCH and VIGOROUS ADVOCACY that supports economic equity. And we EDUCATE on best practices that promote access, opportunity, and fairness in the workplace.
Learn more about requirements to become a student practitioner.
The Law Clinic provides legal services for the indigent of New Orleans.