Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic offers students a unique opportunity to gain significant trial experience while providing a much needed service to victims of domestic abuse. Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic, under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, assist and represent clients who seek domestic violence protective orders in Durham County Domestic Violence Court.

In the course of providing this representation, students investigate and develop legal and non-legal solutions to their clients’ issues, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and appear in court. Because clients often have collateral issues, such as family, juvenile abuse or neglect, small claims, and criminal law matters, students gain a better understanding of the intersection of the justice system with a domestic violence victim’s civil remedies.

The Domestic Violence Clinic also allows students to engage in community service projects and advocacy work related to domestic violence to enhance their legal experience.

This clinic is a two credit-hour course, offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to complete 100 hours of clinic-related work, and will be given a letter grade based on their cumulative clinic work.

All students who wish to enroll in the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic must be in good academic standing, and be able to meet the requirements to appear in court under the ABA third-year practice rule. No prerequisite courses are required to enroll in the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. However, students are strongly encouraged to take the following courses prior to participating in the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic: Domestic Violence: History, Law, Practice (8900); Family Law (8070); and/or Trial Practice (8170).

Contact Information

Supervising Attorney:  Deria P. Hayes
Potential Clients: If you need legal assistance, please contact Legal Aid of NC-Durham at 919-688-6396 for a referral to our program.