To apply for a clinic, a law student must:
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.
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. Students closest to graduation who have not taken a clinic get first priority in the lottery. 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.
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.
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 16 (“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.
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:
Taking the priority applications closest to graduation, the next steps are to:
The Civil Advocacy Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
The Community Development Clinic selects its students through the lottery process giving evening students preference to some slots.
The Criminal Practice Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
Students enrolled in the Disability Law Clinic are required to concurrently enroll in the Law and Disabilities Seminar. The Disability 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.
The Family Law Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
The Immigrant Rights Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
The Innocence Project Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
The Tax Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
The Veterans Advocacy Clinic selects its students through the lottery process.
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.