To apply for a clinic, a law student must:
- Meet the requirements of Rule 19-217.1 (“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 coursework (typically this is at the end of the first year for day students and at the end of the third semester for evening students).
- Complete a current Clinic Application Form and provide a resume by the designated due date.
Applications are available on 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 the Clinic Selection Policies and Procedures pdf)
Clinic Selection Policies
Due to the clinical program's enrollment limits and high student demand, the faculty has adopted selection policies to meet several goals. A basic goal is to give admissions priority to students who have not yet taken a clinic so that as many students as possible can have supervised legal experience.
Students are selected for clinics via a lottery. The process is designed to give students a fair chance of being accepted to a clinic. Students closest to graduation who have not yet taken a clinic have priority in the lottery. All applicants select a first-choice clinic but are also considered for other clinics, which they designate, in order to improve their chances of being accepted into the clinical program.
Access for evening students
Evening students receive priority for some slots in the Community Development Clinic, Mediation Clinic for Families, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Juvenile Justice Project, Innocence Project Clinic and The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic, as these clinics lend themselves best to the schedules of evening students.
These clinics 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 Mental Health Law Clinic procedures regarding selection are described below.
Students on academic probation will be considered for a clinic placement only after all slots are filled with eligible students. Students on academic probation will be placed on the waitlist below eligible students not on academic probation. Rule 19-217.1 (“student practice rule”) of the Maryland Rules Governing Admission to the Bar states that clinic students must be in good academic standing. Therefore, a student who is admitted to the clinical program during the lottery must drop the clinic if he or she remains on academic probation when grades are posted for 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.
Priority is given to students who:
(1) turn in their application on time;
(2) have not taken a clinic before; and
(3) are closest to graduation.
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 participated in a clinic are put in order of graduation (Dec. '19 graduates have first preference, May '20 graduates next, and so on).
Conducting the Lottery
Taking the priority applications closest to graduation, the next steps are to:
- Sort by clinic of first choice: The administrator sorts applications according to the clinic students have listed as their first choice. This yields a stack of applications that 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 make sure the student has the prerequisites. If a student does not meet the prerequisites for his or her first choice but does meet the requirements for his/her second choice, the application will be put in the second-choice drawing pile and will be considered for drawings for that clinic or for 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 waitlist until all the applications have been selected. If a student is put on the waitlist, his/her application then goes into the second-choice drawing pile and is set aside. The administrator then goes on to the next clinic's first-choice pile.
After this 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 applications. 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 moves 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 already 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.
Faculty approval: After the lottery is complete, registration in the clinic is contingent upon approval by the director of the clinic, and registration may be denied in the event of exceptional circumstances, such as a student who demonstrates a risk of inability to meet ethical or professional standards or other clinic obligations.
Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic
The Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Community Development Clinic
The Community Development Clinic selects its students through the lottery process and gives evening students preference for some slots.
Criminal Practice Clinic
The Criminal Practice Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Bronfein Family Law Clinic
The Bronfein Family Law Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Human Trafficking Prevention Project
The Human Trafficking Prevention 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 and gives evening students preference for some slots.
Juvenile Justice Project
The Juvenile Justice Project selects its students through the lottery process and gives evening students preference for some slots.
Mediation Clinic for FamiliesThe Mediation Clinic for Families selects its students through the lottery process and gives evening students preference for some slots.
Mental Health Law Clinic
The Mental Health Law Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Pretrial Justice Clinic
The Pretrial Justice Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic selects its students through the lottery process and gives evening students preference for some slots.
The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic
The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic selects its students through the lottery process and gives evening students and students who are U.S. military veterans priority for some slots.
Clinic Attendance Policy
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.