What Our Alums Have to Say About Their Clinical Experience

What Our Alums Have to Say About Their Clinical Experience

Asylum Clinic

“The Asylum Clinic was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I had in law school.

Professor Wren is a dedicated mentor, and I learned an incredible amount about asylum law.

I had the opportunity to represent my client in a defensive proceeding in front of an Immigration Judge, and I have yet to have an experience comparable to seeing the judge tell my client that she won her asylum case.”

Laura Robbins, 2014

Community & Economic Development Clinic

“I did not truly discover what I came to law school for until I was a student in the Community and Economic Development Clinic.

The hands-on experience I gained from meeting and working directly with nonprofit and small-business clients from the local communities on transactional matters both helped those different organizations and provided a rewarding experience for me as I developed the skills of client-centered lawyering.

My time as a legal intern for the Community and Economic Development Clinic truly shaped the future of my legal career and the type of member I will be in the profession.”

Hanaiya Gholson, 2014

Criminal Justice Clinic

“As a new public defender, I would urge anyone who is seriously interested in criminal law to apply to the Criminal Justice Clinic.

Working with indigent individuals in the Clinic not only led me to my career path, but it also prepared me for it in a way that no other experience in law school could have.

I am truly grateful for such a challenging, thought-provoking and rewarding experience. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

April White-Small, 2013

Disaster Recovery Clinic

“Being a part of the Disaster Recovery Clinic was one of the most rewarding experiences I had while at Hofstra Law School.

Since our work involved both transactional and litigation-based issues, the Clinic broadened my skill set and gave me the practical experience necessary to begin my legal career.

Furthermore, the DRC enabled me to get thoroughly involved in Long Island’s ongoing Sandy recovery efforts.

The Clinic actively participated at community meetings and state-sponsored information sessions, where we not only offered legal assistance to Sandy victims, but also shared the ideas we brainstormed in class regarding ways to mitigate the frequency and effect of future natural disasters.

For a challenging and rewarding experience, I strongly recommend the DRC to all students.”

Scott Brenner, 2013

Law Reform Advocacy Clinic

“The Law Reform Advocacy Clinic connected the classroom and lawyering in a way no prior legal experience had for me. I credit Professor Krieger and Lynn Capuano’s approach for that.

Civ Pro, Evidence, Con Law, and Statutory Interpretation were no longer just classes, they became part of our legal strategy while representing minority and disabled clients in discrimination cases.

During the semester, we all gained experience in legal research and writing, hands-on client counseling, witness preparation, discovery strategies, depositions, as well as dealing with opposing counsel and judges.

We not only had interesting cases, but we also learned valuable advocacy and problem-solving skills and case planning techniques we could carry with us after the clinic was over.

In this economic climate, law students can’t afford to not take advantage of Hofstra’s Clinic Program before graduating law school. I recommend the Law Reform Advocacy Clinic to anyone.”

Jainey Samuel, Spring 2009

Youth Advocacy Clinic

“I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Advocacy Clinic first as a Clinic student, and then as a practicum student.

The Youth Advocacy Clinic gave me the chance to advocate on behalf of populations who are unable to advocate on behalf of themselves. This is a truly rewarding, unparalleled experience.

From client interviewing to zealously advocating in court, The clinic has given me the practical skills necessary to practice in the real world — skills you don’t learn in a classroom.

Professor Liebmann has also helped me to refine my oral and written advocacy skills, as well as my critical-thinking skills.

I strongly recommend the Youth Advocacy Clinic for any student interested in working with vulnerable populations in the future.” 

Allison Flood, 2014