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Tia Matt

Associate Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Legal Education


01392 723163

Amory 104E

I am Choctaw-Apache from the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb and am the first female in my family to graduate from high school and to attend university. I received my  bachelor’s in Criminal Justice in 1995, and attended the University of Washington School of Law, in which I received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence, (J.D.) in 1999. Since graduating with my J.D., I have owned and operated my own legal practice in the States of Arizona and Washington, focusing on Estate and Business Planning with an emphasis on Asset Protection. My clients are primarily medical doctors and real estate developers, two target groups that have a higher than usual occurrence of legal vulnerability. Through utilizing key legal entities, such as LLCs, LPs, Corporations, FLPs, and Trusts, I provide a protection plan for the assets of my clients in a legal and manageable format. I am admitted to practice before the United States 9th District Court and the United States Tax Court. I am also a solicitor in England and Wales.


In 2014, I joined the University of Exeter Law School.


I am the Director of Clinical Legal Education and oversee the law clinics and pro bono programmes. Since arriving at Exeter, I created from scratch and oversee a vibrant pro bono programme. This is currently comprised of 20+ individual options. These options include 6 legal advice clinics that provide free legal advice to individuals in the South West. Over 400 students participate in this programme each year. I have established relationships with local and national entities, such as the police, the magistrates, the judiciary, MPs, legal practitioners, various charities, members of industry, and universities.


I believe that teaching through practical work impacts the way students learn, and it ultimately instils critical thinking skills. In addition, I have found that experiential learning through pro bono work facilitates students in developing empathy.


I am also a University of Exeter Senator for the College of SSIS.


Hope to see you around!

Research supervision

I am pleased to supervise students interested in the areas of Access to Justice, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Trusts, and Company Law.

External impact and engagement

I am the Director of Clinical Legal Education and oversee the Community Law Clinic. The CLC hosts the Access to Justice Clinic, the Immigration Law Clinic, the Exeter Environmental Law and ELF Exeter Clinic, the Insurance Law Clinic, Benefits Clinic, Wills Clinic, and the ECF Clinic, which are staffed by students, lecturers, and practitioners. These clinics provide free legal services to individuals in the Southwest.

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