The School of Law’s community legal clinics offer real-world
training for students, while also providing legal representation to
individuals who might otherwise have no recourse to legal advice.
The clinics continue to garner praise for their contributions. For
example, last year, BusinessWeek magazine (December 2007) cited the
Elder Law Clinic for its effective, resultsoriented services to an
often underserved, limited-income population.
year, the School created an Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Clinic in
partnership with the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Catholic Migration
Office. Afraid to complain of abusive landlord practices,
immigrant tenants often are deprived of safe housing. St. John’s
law students use their expertise to seek justice or these
“We want to provide legal education opportunities outside of the
classroom,” says Dean Mary C. Daly, “but it is equally important
because of our Vincentian values that we use our highly developed
knowledge and skills to serve the growing legal needs of our
community’s marginalized citizens.”
In a new initiative for the 2008-09 academic year, the School will
open the Community Economic Development Clinic to serve local small
businesses, which are the backbone of our local economy and are
often the first to feel the effects of a financial slowdown and,
therefore, face an array of legal issues.