Day students complete their clinical requirement in either their second or third year. While enrolled in a clinical course, students are expected to commit a significant amount of time to their clinical work. Clinic courses can be semester (6 or 7 credits) or year-long (4 credits each semester), and students are required to work between 45 and 48 hours per credit hour in their clinical course.
Each student meets in a classroom forum with their clinical instructor once a week, where they learn about substantive law, practice skills, professional responsibility, problems in the administration of justice and system reform. Students represent clients singularly or in teams of two or three, where they provide advice to individuals and groups and engage in formal and informal advocacy, as well as transactional work. Student attorneys do a significant amount of writing by drafting letters, pleadings, agreements and organizational documents, legal memoranda and briefs. They are also responsible for client files, both in paper and electronic forms, and they must document their time each week.
Upper level Day Division students taking more than 12 credits may be precluded from enrolling in a clinic if the student has an excessive competing workload in a given semester. Students with competing workloads (an externship or outside employment) must consult, prior to registration, with the faculty member who teaches the clinic in which they have an interest. The clinical faculty member can then determine whether the competing workloads will conflict with the required hours per week all students must devote to clinic work. The faculty member may disallow the student from enrolling in the clinic if the faculty member determines that the student has an excessive competing workload that will interfere with clinic work.