Law school and reality meet head-on in the law clinic. For the first time, students will wrestle as a lawyer with ethical issues involving real people. Students are eligible to enroll in the law clinic when they have completed 44 hours in law school - usually coinciding with the second semester of the second year of law school for full-time students
The law clinic focuses on the following areas of law: family law, children's issues, and Social Security and SSI disability.
A focus on children's issues allows students to be an advocate on a variety of cases affecting children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. A focus in family law allows students to be an advocate for the needs of people of all ages in domestic violence cases and people needing a divorce. A focus on Social Security and SSI law allows students to help clients who need disability benefits due to severe physical and/or mental impairments.
In all cases, students conduct interviews, investigate cases, build case theories, and appear in court, and file appeals as counsel under experienced attorney supervision.
The Texas Wesleyan Law Clinic works collaboratively with two local community agencies - SafeHaven and Lena Pope Home. These agencies refer clients and provide important social services.
How Can We Help You?
- Do you need legal advice because you are the caretaker for a child who has been, or is currently at risk of abuse or neglect?
- Have you been turned down for Social Security or SSI disability benefits?
- Have you been physically or emotionally abused in your household, and are you worried about the future of your children?
- Do you have problems with your ex-spouse?
- Are you interested in obtaining a divorce?
If you have one of these problems - or some other serious family law or child related problem - you may qualify for free help from the attorneys and law students at the law clinic at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.
Problems We Can Handle
- Protective orders
- Child custody proceedings
- Appeals of denial of Social Security and SSI disability benefits
- Other child-related issues
How It Works
For Social Security or SSI disability matters, call the law clinic directly for an appointment.
Our phone number is:
(817) 212-4123 or (817) 212-4000 ext. 4123
Law students working in the law clinic will talk to you about your problem. With the help of the professional lawyers in charge of the law clinic, they will decide whether they can take your case. The team of a law student and attorney will research your problem, help you file important papers, and represent you at hearings in court if necessary.
For family law matters, contact the SafeHaven for a referral to the law clinic. The SafeHaven legal department phone number is:
Remember that the people helping you are supervised law students. If your case lasts a long period of time, a different student may take over your case. Although these students are still learning about the law, they are licensed by the State Bar of Texas to serves as legal interns. They are supervised by qualified lawyers with many years of experience with cases like yours.
How You Can Qualify
Only low-income people can use our services. Our staff will ask you questions about your income to determine if you are eligible. We represent both children and adults in our areas of practice.
Where We Are Located
The law clinic is in the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law building at 1515 Commerce Street (across the street from the Water Gardens in downtown Fort Worth).
By appointment. Evening appointments are available.
For Appointments and Referrals
For Social Security or SSI disability matters, call the law clinic directly for an appointment during regular business hours. Our phone number is: (817) 212-4123 or (817) 212-4000 ext. 4123.
For family law matters involving domestic abuse, contact the SafeHaven for a referral to the law clinic. The SafeHaven's legal department phone number is: (817) 548-0583. For emergencies only call (817) 731-8839.
For all issues relating to children at risk of abuse or neglect, contact the Lena Pope Home for a referral to the law clinic. Their number is: (817) 255-2652.
How to Find Out More
For more information, please call:
Texas Wesleyan School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 212-4123 or (817) 212-4000 ext. 4123