All of our clinical courses combine work in the field with seminars and simulation exercises in which students' performances of various lawyers' activities are videotaped for critical review. Through these complementary activities, students develop systematic methods of learning from experience, as well as gain insight into a lawyer's functioning as advocate and counselor, investigator, negotiator, and planner. Legal ethics and professional responsibility in the practice of law are emphasized throughout these courses.
Guidelines for Clinical Courses
The faculty has promulgated the following guidelines for clinical and advocacy courses, in part to comply with New York Court of Appeals rules concerning the admission of attorneys:
• Matriculated students will be given priority over non-matriculated students for all clinical and advocacy courses.
• No student may register for more than one clinic in a term.
• Of the 83 credits for graduation no more than 19 credits may be earned in “non-classroom” activities, which include some clinics and externships. The rules for determining whether credits earned in a clinic or externship are subject to the 19-credit maximum for “non-classroom credits” are available on the law school’s website under JD Program Degree Requirements. Questions about these requirements may be sent to Vice Dean Randy Hertz.
• Clinical courses will in most cases require substantial amounts of time outside of usual course hours and at varying times. Depending on the type of clinic and the nature of the fieldwork, students may be expected to devote anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per week on average to clinic fieldwork, and that number may be higher in a week in which a student has a trial, hearing, deposition, appellate argument, or other type of court appearance or presentation. This time commitment is above and beyond the time spent in weekly classes (which may be 2 or 4 hours per week or sometimes more, depending on the clinic), the readings and preparation for class, and out-of-class work related to simulations. Students with substantial commitments to journals, outside activities, work or other responsibilities should satisfy themselves through discussion with the respective teachers that they will definitely have sufficient time for a clinical or advocacy program.
Timeline for JD Application Process
|February 26, 2016||Clinic packet available|
|March 4||Clinic Fair held at Furman Hall, 3-5 p.m.|
|March 21–April 1||Clinic Application Period.
Application materials should be submitted online using CAMS. All materials are due by 5 p.m. on April 1.
|April 1 - April 21||Interviews conducted (for clinics that require them).|
|April 22||Preferences must be submitted on CAMS by 5 p.m.|
|May 4||Students notified by e-mail whether or not they have been accepted into a clinic.|
|May 19||Confirmation of students' intent to register must be received by 5 p.m.|
The application period for LLMs will take place from May 20-June 3, 2016. Please consult the Graduate Affairs Clinics web page for details. The complete list of clinics available to LLMs in the 2016-17 academic year will be provided there.