Family Advocacy Clinic

  • Within the Family Advocacy Clinic, students may choose to intern in either the Civil Protection Unit or the Child Custody Unit. In the Civil Protection Unit, students will work with staff attorneys to file civil protection orders in the Domestic Relations Court to protect victims of domestic violence. The Unit also provides assistance with housing needs, employment concerns and divorce or dissolution proceedings. The Child Custody Unit offers legal representation in contested child custody cases when family violence has been involved. 

    Capital University Law School’s Family Advocacy Clinic was founded in 2000 with an initial $250,000 grant from the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. The Clinic serves victims of domestic violence who do not meet eligibility criteria to receive legal aid assistance, but who are still unable to afford a private attorney. The Clinic works to improve the legal and community services available to family violence victims within Franklin County and works to encourage community collaboration. Partners include the Legal Aid Society, CHOICES Shelter, and the Columbus City Attorney’s Office.