What is CAP? CAP trains students to help victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection from Family Court. As a student advocate, you make a real difference for your client, even as early as your first semester of law school. You will help clients draft and file their petitions, accompany them to that day's court appearance, advocate before the judge, educate clients about their legal rights and remedies, and provide them with safety planning and referrals to community resources. The program is available to all students (J.D. and LL.M.). No prior experience is necessary. Knowledge of a foreign language can be helpful but is not required. In order to participate, you must attend a training session.
What is the time commitment for CAP? All students must attend the 4-hour training in order to participate. You will then have the opportunity to sign up for a court date, a 5- to 8-hour commitment on a weekday of your choice. Court dates are usually on Fridays, but other weekdays are also available. First-time volunteers get priority in court date assignments. You start by signing up for one court date, but there will be opportunities to sign up for additional court dates. If you are a 2L or 3L, you can count the training and court time towards your CLS pro bono requirement.
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