For some law students, clinic work during COVID-19 feels more real than ever before

At the University of California at Irvine School of Law’s Consumer Law Clinic, students sometimes use multiple platforms at once to speak with clients. Many of these clients are elderly and face foreclosure after obtaining home loans through the federal government’s Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs. “The client didn’t use Zoom, and we had an interpreter service. So my partner and I used Zoom, and our professor called into Zoom. She then called the interpreter on her phone, who called the client, so all three were on the Zoom call,” says Joelle Leib, a second-year law student at the University of California school.