Enrollment Procedures for Clinical Courses
In the clinical courses, students will be engaged in “front-line” work in actual cases under close faculty supervision as well as in weekly seminar study of the course material.
All clinics (except for the Appellate Advocacy Clinic) are one semester only. First semester 2L’s may enroll in the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, Transnational Legal Clinic, Dektin Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic, and Mediation Clinic since students do not need to be certified under the PA Supreme Court Student Practice Rule to appear in court in these clinics. Third year students and 2nd semester 2L students can enroll in any of the clinics (Civil Practice Clinic, Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, Legislative Clinic, Transnational Legal Clinic, and the Mediation Clinic).
Students may take only one Clinic in a given semester, and a student may not enroll in a Clinic and Externship in the same semester. Students are not negatively prejudiced by enrolling in a Clinic in one semester and then trying to enroll in another Clinic during a different semester.
General Enrollment Procedures for Live Client/Real Case Courses:
- Students will be enrolled in Clinical courses in the same manner as any other courses (i.e. JD students should request the clinic during advance registration, and 3L’s are given enrollment priority), with the exception of the Detkin IP Clinic which has an application.
- Individual courses in this grouping may have their own specific enrollment requirements or preferences - please read course description carefully.
- To successfully enroll in a Clinic course, all students MUST attend the first scheduled class of the course. If a student is absolutely unable to attend the first class, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor in advance by telephone or email. Failure to attend the first class, or to contact the instructor in advance, may result in the student being dropped from the course in favor of another student on the waitlist.
- All Clinics continue through the end of the law school’s examination period. Seminars will end on the date regular law school classes end, but students will be responsible to complete their client casework through the end of the examination period.
- If you requested enrollment in a Clinic and were placed on the waitlist, you must come to the Registrar’s Office to confirm your interest in enrolling in the Clinic. You must confirm your interest by 4:30 PM on the 2nd day of classes. After this time, offers for enrollment will be made via e-mail by the Registrar’s office to only those students who confirmed their interest.
- The ADD/DROP period for all Clinical Courses ends the first Friday of classes at 4:30 PM – this is one week earlier than other law school courses to accommodate the scheduling of time sensitive client work.
- Students who elect to use their enrollment in a Clinic toward their Public Service requirement may be able to receive one less credit for the Clinic in exchange for 35 hours of pro bono credit. Students should visit the Toll Public Interest Center Office to complete the necessary paperwork.
- You may not enroll in a Clinical course if you are responsible for one or more incomplete grades at the beginning of the semester (unless permission is explicitly granted by the instructor).
LLM Students - Procedures for Enrolling in Clinical Courses:
LLM students may enroll in the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, Transnational Legal Clinic, Mediation Clinic and the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic – for more information on these, see https://www.law.upenn.edu/clinic/. Note that these clinics may not be open for LLM enrollment every Fall and Spring Semester. These clinics will have only one or two seats available for LLM students.
LLM students are not permitted to enroll in any externships or other Clinical courses than those previously mentioned, and students may only enroll in one clinic a semester.
a. You must first be interviewed and cleared for enrollment by the clinical faculty in August after you arrive on campus (look for an e-mail in August regarding the specific date that the interviews must take place before). Once you have been interviewed, the Clinic faculty member will determine if you are eligible to be part of the random lottery selection process for LLM admittance into the Clinical programs. You’ll be notified of the lottery results and if your name is chosen for enrollment, the Registrar’s office will e-mail you and confirm that you wish to be enrolled in the Clinic course. Then, they will help you make course changes to your existing schedule.
b. As you are not guaranteed a spot in these courses, you should create your schedule as if you are NOT in a clinical course so that you do not have to scramble if you are not able to secure a space in a Clinical course. In other words do not request the clinic during advance registration.
You will receive an email regarding Spring Clinic Registration for LLM’s with detailed information. Once Spring course registration opens, you should not use up a bid trying to enroll in one of the Clinics mentioned above. This is because you are not guaranteed a spot in a clinic course that interests you, you must first be interviewed by a member of the clinic faculty before you are cleared for the Clinic enrollment lottery which will take place before the end of Spring Registration. You will be notified whether your name was selected for enrollment in the lottery, and then with your permission the Registrar’s office will formally enroll you in the Clinic.
- If you are interested in enrolling in the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, Transnational Legal Clinic, Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic or the Mediation Clinic, you should e-mail Beth Shapiro (email@example.com) to arrange for a short interview. You will also need to e-mail a copy of your resume or CV and a short writing sample (preferably not more than a few pages) prior to your interview.
- If you have already been interviewed by a clinic faculty member this past August for Fall registration, you do NOT need to interview again. Instead, email Beth Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know you would like to be included in the enrollment lottery for the original clinic you interviewed for in August.