Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice

The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice is a fully functioning legal clinic which allows third-year law students the opportunity to represent indigent clients under the supervision of experienced attorneys.

By participating in the law clinic, student practitioners not only have the chance to experience firsthand what representing clients is like, but they also have an opportunity to further the Jesuit ideals of scholarship and service at Loyola by providing legal representation to the needy.

Goal: To form law school graduates with and for others.

OutcomesVulnerable populations have increased access to legal services and are more empowered to advocate for their own rights.

Outputs: Law students gain practical experience. Clients receive counsel. Vulnerable populations increase knowledge about their rights.

Activities: Provide legal services to the needy and oppressed, and inform vulnerable populations of their legal rights.

Clinic students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of experiences including interviewing, counseling, research and writing, drafting pleadings and appeals, negotiating, mediating, arguing before judges and juries and appearing in court to examine and cross-examine witnesses.

Fields of Practice


Archdiocese of New Orleans, Hispanic Apostolate

Catholic Legal Immigration Network

Catholic Charities, USA

Equal Justice Works

The Pro Bono Project

Workplace Justice Project


BCM Foundation

Greater New Orleans Foundation, Inc.

Louisiana Bar Foundation


Named for Smith in 2008

Housed In

College of Law


In 2012-13:

67 law students provided legal counsel to underserved clients

19,711 hours of legal counsel to underserved clients provided

Program Areas

Focus Areas

Discrimination and Equality
Immigration & Migration
Incarceration & Prisons
Labor rights
Social Justice

Target Populations

Latino/a community
Low-income individuals and families
Non-native English speakers

Target Locations

Greater New Orleans
Regions in US: Southeast Louisiana

Loyola Participants