To apply for a clinic, a law student must:
- Meet the requirements of Rule 19-217 (“student practice rule”) of the Maryland Rules governing admission to the Bar – i.e., be in good academic standing, and have successfully completed 30 hours of class work (typically end of first year for day students and end of third semester for evening students).
- Complete a current Clinic Application Form and provide a resume by the designated due date.
Applications are available online at the Clinic website approximately one month before the application deadline.
For more information, please contact Laura Garcia, Clinic Administrator, at (410) 837-5659.
Policies and Procedures by Clinic
or view entire Clinic Selection Policies and Procedures pdf.
Clinic Selection Policies
Due to the enrollment limits and the student demand, the faculty has adopted selection policies for the clinics to meet several goals. A basic goal is to give students who have not taken a clinic priority in admission so that as many students as possible can have supervised legal experience.
The lottery process is the primary way of selecting students for clinics. It is designed to give students who meet the prerequisites a fair chance of getting into a clinic. Lottery priority is determined by semester as explained in Section (A) below. Students select the clinic of their first choice, but will be considered for other clinics they designate to broaden their chances of getting in one.
Access for evening students
Evening students receive priority treatment for some slots in the Community Development Clinic since it is difficult for them to participate in the other clinics.
The Community Development Clinic, Mediation Clinic for Families, Tax and Innocence Project Clinic schedule classes to be convenient for both day and evening students.
SpecializationA small number of students with demonstrated interest and commitment to certain areas of law are selected outside the lottery process. The Disability Law Clinic procedures regarding selection are described below.
A student who is on academic probation will be considered for a clinic only after all clinic slots are filled with eligible students. Students found to be on academic probation will be placed on the waitlist below eligible students. Rule 19-217 (“student practice rule”) of the Maryland Rules governing admission to the Bar states that students must be in good academic standing. Therefore, students admitted to the Clinic during the lottery will be required to drop the clinic if that student remains on academic probation when grades are posted from the semester preceding clinic enrollment.
Lottery Process for Clinics
After the application deadline has passed, the clinic administrator, or her designee, conducts the lottery selection process. The administrator certifies that the students are in good academic standing and have successfully completed 30 hours of coursework. The next step is to identify priority applications.
For the Fall and Summer semesters:
Priority is given to students who:
- Turn in their application on time;
- Have not taken a clinic before;
- Meet all required pre- or co-requisites;
- Are closest to graduation.
For the Spring semester:
Half of available slots are reserved for students graduating in the calendar year (such as third year day students or fourth year evening students) and half of available slots are reserved for students who are between their first year and their graduation year (such as second year day students and third year evening students). Priority is thus given to students who:
- Turn in their applications on time;
- Have not taken a clinic before;
- Meet all required pre- or co-requisites; and
- Are selected in accordance with the following procedures:
- 50% of available slots will be allocated to applicants who satisfy the first three criteria with priority given to applicants who are closest to graduation.
- 50% of available slots will be allocated to applicants who satisfy the first three criteria and who are between their first year and their graduation year;
- Should the number of qualified applicants under (b) be below 50% of available slots, remaining slots will be filled in accordance with the process set forth in (a).
From all the students certified, the administrator separates timely applications from late ones. From the applications submitted on time, she removes the applications of students who have previously taken a clinic. Applications of students who have not had a clinic before are put in order of graduation.
Conducting the Lottery
Taking the priority application criteria (A) for the appropriate semester, the next steps are to:
- Sort by Clinic of First Choice: The administrator sorts applications according to the clinic they have listed as their first choice. This yields a stack of applications which list that clinic as a first choice.
- Make Sure Students Have Met the Prerequisites: Each application in the clinic's pile of first choices is checked to see if the student has the prerequisites. If a student does not meet the prerequisites for their first choice, but does meet the requirements for his/her second choice, the application will be put in the second choice drawing pile and it will be considered for drawings for that clinic or the third choice clinic if the prerequisites are met.
- Select Students: At this point, the administrator counts the number of applications for that clinic's first choices. If there are more applications than enrollment spaces, all the applications are put in a box and blindly picked until all the spaces are filled. The administrator continues to pick the applications and place the names on a wait list until all the applications have been picked. If a student is put on the wait list, his/her application then goes into the second choice drawing pile and set aside. The administrator then goes on to the next clinic's first choice pile.
After the above process has been conducted for every clinic's first choice applications, the administrator follows steps (1), (2), and (3) for each clinic's second choice ones. After every clinic's second choice applications have been selected, the administrator then does the same for each clinic's third choice applications.
- Next Graduation Class: The administrator then starts the whole process over with the next graduation class. The process indicated in (1) through (3) is conducted. The administrator then goes on to the next graduating class, and so on until all graduating classes have gone through the lottery.
- Late Applications (if received before the lottery occurs): If clinic slots still remain, the administrator considers late applications according to (1) through (3) above.
- Students Who Have Taken A Clinic: After all students who have not taken a clinic have gone through the selection process, the administrator then considers students who have previously taken a clinic. The lottery is conducted according to (1) through (3) above.
- Visiting Students: If clinic slots still remain, the administrator considers applications by students visiting from another law school.
Civil Advocacy Clinic
The Civil Advocacy Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Community Development Clinic
The Community Development Clinic selects its students through the lottery process giving evening students preference to some slots.
Criminal Practice Clinic
The Criminal Practice Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Family Law Clinic
The Family Law Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Human Trafficking Project
The Human Trafficking Project selects its students through the lottery process.
Immigrant Rights Clinic
The Immigrant Rights Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Innocence Project Clinic
The Innocence Project Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Juvenile Justice Project
The Juvenile Justice Project selects its students through the lottery process.
Mediation Clinic for FamiliesThe Mediation Clinic for Families selects its students through the lottery process.
Mental Health Law Clinic
Students enrolled in the Mental Health Law Clinic are required to concurrently enroll in the Law and Disabilities Seminar. The Mental Health Law Clinic professor selects each student based on an information/interview meeting, resume review, and review of written materials submitted. Selection criteria include background and experience in mental health, nursing and psychology, demonstrated evidence of community service and poverty work, related course work, and date of graduation.
Pretrial Justice Clinic
The Pretrial Justice Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
The Tax Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Veterans Advocacy Clinic
The Veterans Advocacy Clinic selects its students through the lottery process but gives students who are U.S. military veterans priority for some slots.
Attendance at clinical seminars, team meetings, client meetings, and appearances before adjudicative and legislative bodies is a primary obligation of clinical students whose right to continued enrollment in a clinic is conditioned upon a record of attendance satisfactory to the professor. A student whose unexcused absences exceed a combination of three required clinic obligations or whose total absences, excused and unexcused, exceed five clinic obligations may be compelled to withdraw from the course. A student who is compelled to withdraw shall receive a WF in the course, unless in the professional opinion of the faculty member, it is deemed that the student should receive a WA. A student, who is compelled to withdraw in the second semester of a year-long clinic, shall receive a grade for the first semester of the course, along with the number of credits awarded for that semester, and a WF for the second semester of the course.