Students in the Beshar/Lehner Gender Violence Clinic represent survivors of domestic violence in Superior Court, in both civil and criminal matters, and also at the Connecticut legislature. The clinic is based at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association (LAA), a nonprofit legal services office, whose mission is to secure justice for and protect the rights of those low-income residents of New Haven County who would otherwise be unable to secure legal representation. The clinic is a legal resource for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Through their advocacy and coursework, students in the clinic learn to practice as legal services lawyers, representing vulnerable individuals. Students work both on individual cases and on policy matters affecting the clinic's client population.