Clinic Applications Overview

  1. Introduction
  2. Guidelines for Clinical Courses
  3. Timeline for JD Application Process


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:

The clinical program strives to ensure that every student has an opportunity to take a clinic in their second or third year. The clinical program cannot ensure access to a particular clinic and so the clinical program's ability to place a student in a clinic will depend in part on the number of clinics to which the student applies. Students who wish to ensure that they have a clinical experience are well-advised to apply to at least three clinics to maximize their chances of getting into a clinic.

• 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.
• Students may be able to take two consecutive semester-long clinics in the same academic year, but, to ensure that all students have an opportunity to take at least one clinic per year, students will be admitted to no more than a single semester-long clinic in the first round of clinic admissions and can thereafter apply for any openings that may still exist in other semester-long clinics in the semester in which the student does not already have a clinic.

• 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

Date Item
February 26, 2016 Clinic packet available
March 4 Clinic Fair held at Furman Hall, 3-5 p.m.
March 21April 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 10-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.