Due to the enrollment limits and the student demand, the faculty have 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.
Rule 16 ("Student Practice Rule") of the Maryland Rules Governing Admission to the Bar states that students must be in good academic standing. A student who is on academic probation at the time of the lottery will be considered for selection in a clinic in accordance with lottery procedures. However, 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.