We recognize the importance of providing students with opportunities to put their education and faith into action. The Trinity Legal Clinics offer Trinity students a unique opportunity to apply their classroom education to helping actual clients before they have completed their J.D. Each clinic is supervised by an attorney faculty member and is designed to immerse students in the world of law practice while providing much needed services to the community. Practicing law under the guidance of an experienced attorney in a service setting not only equips them with practical skills, but also instills a life-long commitment to serving others.
Trinity Law School has partnered with several local organizations to provide legal services for the clients of the Pacific Justice Institute, the Orange County Rescue Mission, the Christian Legal Aid Office, and Orange County Human Relations. Additionally, we offer a bankruptcy clinic on our campus. We are proud of our ability to offer these legal clinics and are excited about the opportunities they provide for our students.
Pacific Justice Institute
The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is a nonprofit legal defense organization that specializes in defending religious freedom. The law school hosts one of PJI’s Southern California offices on our campus. Trinity Law students have the rare opportunity to participate in cutting edge constitutional law litigation by serving as interns for PJI. The students are able to support ongoing cases that address some of the most significant issues in religious liberty today.
Orange County Rescue Mission
The law school operates a legal clinic at the Orange County Rescue Mission where Trinity students provide legal services for the residents under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The law school also operates a mobile legal clinic through the Orange County Rescue Mission, which provides legal services to the transient community of Orange County. Through these clinical programs, students address many of the biggest legal issues faced by the homeless. The programs include classroom instruction on the provision of legal services, as well as hands-on training on client interviews, assessing legal needs, and providing answers to difficult legal issues.
Christian Legal Aid Office of Orange County
The Christian Legal Aid Office of Orange County resides on the campus of Trinity Law School. It provides free legal advice and representation to those that cannot otherwise afford legal services. Trinity Law students provide legal services under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Students will address a wide variety of legal issues and challenges.
The Center for Human Rights
The Center for Human Rights is a premier research and educational facility for the promotion and protection of international human rights and religious freedom. The Center provides research and educational facilities, classroom instruction in human rights, and opportunities for students to participate in international human rights conferences and educational seminars around the world. The Center has access to the law school’s robust and growing collection of human rights books, periodicals, and international documents.
European Summer Study Program in Strasbourg, France
A special benefit of study at Trinity Law School is the opportunity to participate in the International Human Rights Institute, the Programme Européen d’ Été Études des Droits d’ Homme in Strasbourg, France.
The Institute was founded in 1969 to teach lawyers, judges, law professors, students and government officials the importance of international human rights. Students learn how countries address some of the world’s greatest human rights abuses such as religious persecution, racial discrimination, human trafficking, slavery, torture, and genocide.
Each summer, this program gathers more than 400 students from 100 countries to teach and study international human rights. Program participants spend the month of July studying current human rights issues. Law students may earn 4 to 6 units of credit upon completion.
Trinity law students also have the opportunity to participate in many other clinical programs, internships, clerkships, and fellowships. During their legal education, our students have worked for judges, lawyers, government agencies, legislators, Christian legal organizations, etc. We encourage this type of experience and are happy to work with you to try to help you find an opportunity that best serves your interests.