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Neighborhood Law Clinic (NLC)
(608) 262-2240 -- Wisconsin Law School
Vary by semester, call to make an appointment.
2312 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53704
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
The Neighborhood Law Clinic (NLC) is a community-based poverty law clinic located on South Park Street in the heart of Madison's South Side. NLC students work under the close supervision of the NLC clinical faculty and provide individual representation in landlord-tenant, public benefits, and wage and hour cases, as well as community project advocacy, such as legislative analysis, community legal education, and community mobilization.
NLC's service mission is to provide a broad range of legal and advocacy services to low-income people in the communities surrounding the Law School. Our educational mission is to create a learning environment where, by assuming responsibility for matters affecting low income persons, students develop "lawyering skills" and learn how to think critically about the role and limits of law as a force for justice and social change.
Students engage in traditional litigation practice, using skills such as fact investigation, legal research, analysis, drafting, negotiation, counseling, and trial work. Students also learn to participate in and consider less traditional lawyering activities, such as public speaking, drafting community education materials, and participating in local campaigns for social and economic justice.
The Neighborhood Law Clinc (NLC) provides free legal information and in some cases, free legal representation to residents of Dane County, and surrounding counties in limited circumstances. NLC can help with legal problems involving housing, employment and public benefits. NLC is part of the University of Wisconsin Law School's Economic Justice Institute. NLC clients receive legal services from law students, who are supervised by attorneys.