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Fall 2020 Clinic

Religious Freedom Clinic

Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Religious Freedom Clinic Seminar (2 classroom credits). The clinic and its classroom component are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in the required seminar.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: Yes. Applications are due by August 28, 2020.
Add/Drop Deadline: August 14, 2020.
Placement Site: HLS.

This offering provides students a hands-on, supervised experience representing a diverse group of clients in legal matters arising from a wide range of beliefs, practices, and circumstances. As a pro bono program dedicated to building bridges in service to those in need, the clinic focuses on representing members of minority faiths, the vulnerable, and those who serve or support them in our pluralistic society. This includes helping the imprisoned, victims of workplace discrimination, and those facing obstacles in ministering to migrants, the poor, and their communities.

Application Process: Admission to the Religious Freedom Clinic is by permission of the instructor, Jim Sonne. Interested students should submit an application to by August 28, 2020. The application should include the following documents, combined into a single PDF: resume (with expected graduation date), transcript (unofficial is fine), and a statement of interest of no more than one page that outlines the student’s reasons for applying to the clinic.