Reproductive Justice Clinic

The Reproductive Justice Clinic (RJC) provides legal advocacy services for local, national, and international organizations working on behalf of women’s health, equality, and reproductive rights. The clinic engages students in domestic and international cases, legislation, and international conventions involving women’s reproductive health.

The primary goals of the Clinic are to provide robust legal advocacy to our clients, develop and create a cohort of experienced advocates to address current and future reproductive rights challenges, and to bring critical thinking to the intersection of the legislative and judicial processes as they uniquely relate to women’s reproductive health and liberty.

The RJC trains students to work independently and collectively on their clients’ cases, conducting research, writing memoranda, and developing briefs under the guidance and support of the Clinic’s faculty.

“I believe legal training in reproductive justice is important because women should be able to control their own reproduction, otherwise they are oppressed by it.”

Ali Chabot ’17, Reproductive Justice Clinic Student

“The Reproductive Justice Clinic is important, because it provides me with the skills to conduct analyses of legislation and court rulings, with the aim of promoting reproductive justice. These types of analyses not only have important legal ramifications, but they also may impact the health of populations—those that are most marginalized by the criminalization of reproductive acts and acts that go against non-normative reproduction—by possibly influencing future law and policy. As a doctoral candidate in public health, this training is particularly important because it does not exist in the regular public health curriculum; yet Reproductive Justice has many important health implications.”

Jaime Margaret Allgood, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Irvine