In Clinics, students will be engaged in front-line work: working on actual cases under close faculty supervision, paired with weekly seminar study of course material.
All Clinics are one semester only (except for the Appellate Advocacy Clinic) and students must be at least 3L or second-semester 2L students. Clinics include the following:
- Civil Practice Clinic
- Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
- Criminal Defense Clinic
- Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic
- Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
- Legislative Clinic
- Transnational Legal ClinicMediation Clinic
Note: Bolded Clinics are also available to first-semester 2L students since certification under the PA Supreme Court Student Practice Rule is not required.
Students may take only one Clinic in a given semester, and 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 in a different semester.
General Enrollment Procedures for Clinics:
- Students will be enrolled in Clinics in the same manner as any other courses (e.g, JD students should request the clinic during advance registration, and 3L students are given enrollment priority). An exception is the Detkin IP Clinic, which requires a separate application.
- Individual Clinics may have their own specific enrollment requirements or preferences — please read the course descriptions carefully.
- All students MUST attend the first scheduled class of the Clinic. If a student is 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 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 classes end, but students will be responsible to complete their client casework through the end of the examination period.
- If a student requested enrollment in a Clinic and was placed on the waitlist, they must come to the Registrar’s Office to confirm their interest in enrolling in the Clinic. Students must confirm their interest by 4:30 p.m. on the second day of classes. Offers for enrollment will be made via email by the Registrar’s Office only to those waitlisted students who confirmed their interest.
- The ADD/DROP period for all Clinics ends the first Friday of classes at 4:30 p.m. 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.
- Students may not enroll in a Clinic if they are responsible for one or more incomplete grades at the beginning of the semester, unless permission is explicitly granted by the instructor.