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Fall 2021
5297 Education Rights Clinic - ROISMAN- 27793

Professor(s): Gavriella Roisman (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships 

Time: ARRANGED    Location:  

Course Outline: Houston Independent School District is the 7th largest school district in the United States, serving over 214,000 students. Combined, Houston-area schools serve nearly 1,000,000 students. The-school-to-prison pipeline is a phenomenon by which students are pushed out of schools and into the juvenile or criminal justice systems. The Education Rights Clinic aims to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline in the Houston area by

1) providing community outreach in the form of know-your-rights presentations to young people and their families, and
2) providing direct representation to middle and high school students in school disciplinary proceedings.

Through direct representation, law students will have the opportunity to interview clients, investigate facts, create a case plan, conduct legal research, and represent clients directly in school disciplinary proceedings. Depending on the case, this may include a trial-like administrative proceeding in front of a school board with timed opening statements, responses to opposing counsel, and closing statements.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   DistanceEd The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.


This course is graded.

Students must attend a mandatory half-day orientation on the first Friday after classes begin. After orientation, the Education Rights Clinic meets once a week for 90 minutes at which time there will be a discussion on a topic related to the course, and students will share updates on their assigned work (either a know-your-rights presentation or a specific case).

To enroll in this course, you must obtain permission by emailing Professor Gavriella Roisman to schedule a short meeting at or phone conversation about the expectations for the course.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials (6/23/2021 10:11:56 AM)

No book required for this course