How Clinic Matching is Conducted
- Each clinic/externship's faculty submits a list of accepted students. (Faculty do not have access to students' preferences when making their acceptance decisions.)
- The lists are compared with student preferences, and students receive their first preference among the clinics/externships to which they have been accepted. For example, if a student is accepted into two clinics/externships, the system would place them in the one they ranked higher.
- After initial offers are made, each clinic/externship maintains a wait list. If an opening occurs, wait-listed students are informed of their option to accept a position in that clinic/externship. Thus, students placed in their second or third choice course may later be notified that they have gotten into a higher-preferred clinic/externship.
- Students offered admission to a clinic/externship that was not their top preference may continue on the wait list for ones they ranked higher, whether they accept or decline the lower-rated clinic/externship offered. However, students cannot be placed on a waitlist for a clinic/externship they ranked lower than the one they are offered.
- JD students will be notified by e-mail on Friday, May 15, 2020, whether or not they have been accepted into a clinic or externship.
- Students who are accepted will receive only one offer email – for the highest-preferred clinic/externship to which they were accepted.
- All offers for Fall and Spring clinics are made at the same time.
- If a student is not accepted into any of the clinics to which they have applied, every attempt will be made to offer a clinic placement from openings available in other clinics.
Accepting or Declining an Offer
- Students should not accept a clinic/externship offer unless they are certain that they can honor that commitment.
- Those who are accepted will be asked to confirm their intention to enroll in the clinic/externship.
- To accept or decline an offer, simply reply to the e-mailed offer, including the text of the offer email with the response.
- This confirmation of intent should be e-mailed to Susan Hodges by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
- Enrollment lists will be preloaded into Courses/ABRA before the June bidding deadline.
- Students do not need to bid for clinics/externships, nor will they be able to register themselves during the Drop/Add period.
Commitment to the Clinic/Externship
- Withdrawals from a clinic/externship after indicating intent to enroll can have substantial detrimental consequences for other students in the clinic/externship, the faculty members teaching the clinic/externship, and the clients served by the clinic/externship.
- If a rising second year student drops a clinic/externship after the May 28th deadline—despite this explanation of the problems that it would cause—and if the student thereafter applies for a clinic/externship in their third year, teachers of the clinics/externships to which the student applies will be informed of the student's failure to honor the deadline in the previous year.
- If unforeseen circumstances require that a student withdraw after accepting an offer, they should notify both Susan Hodges and the faculty members teaching the course, at the earliest possible opportunity.