Family Advocacy Clinic

  • The Family Advocacy Clinic, which serves victims of family violence, is comprised of a Civil Protection Unit (CPU) and a Child Custody Unit (CCU). Law students who choose to intern in the CPU work with staff attorneys to assist victims to obtain protection orders against abusers. The CPU also provides assistance to these individuals with landlord/tenant issues, employment concerns, and divorce or dissolution proceedings. In the CCU the interns work with staff attorneys to provide full representation in contested child custody cases.

    Capital University Law School’s Family Advocacy Clinic was founded in 2000 with an initial $250,000 grant from The Center for Family Safety and Healing (formerly 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 representation by private counsel. 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, Franklin County and the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. 

    For a downloadable Capital University Family Advocacy Clinic brochure, click here or call (614) 236-6779 for more information about the Family Advocacy Clinic. For information about the Center for Family Safety and Healing, visit